I think it is safe to say that everybody has had a tough few years. As I am sure you're aware, if you're already part of the Kate McIver Skin family, my toughest challenge was losing my wife, Kate, to breast cancer back in March 2019. Unsurprisingly it is something I am still really struggling to come to terms with. Kate was only 30, and I, 29. Lucia was 4. I have found it difficult to open myself, being vulnerable to cancer and other people's journeys, subconsciously defaulting to the closed off, relative comfort in the hope of personal survival and healing. It is remarkable how unscathed I was in my adult life to cancer, considering 1 in 2 people are diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. It is so difficult to comprehend that half of us and our loved ones will be diagnosed at some point. The good news is that cancer survival rates are improving, in fact, it has doubled in the last 40 years and early detection directly improves our chances. I have found comfort in continuing our support for CoppaFeel!, which is an incredible charity whose aim it is to raise awareness of breast cancer, particularly in the young, in the hope of early detection to improve survival rates. Kate discovered this charity after her own diagnosis, loved their message and their ways of delivering it, and wanted to support their work in any way she could. Whilst I have been extremely proud of the support we have continued to offer CoppaFeel!, I cannot deny that at times I have felt guilty for not allowing myself to be vulnerable and doing more. I had been aware of one of CoppaFeel!'s methods of fundraising for quite sometime - their annual CoppaTrek!. Back in January 2022, during a particularly tough time of feeling lost and as though I had not been contributing enough, I saw Giovanna Fletcher's invitation for applicants for the Sahara Desert CoppaTrek! on CoppaFeel!'s social media. I was very conflicted whether to apply, juggling the thought of an amazing opportunity to challenge myself and personally continue Kate's support, against being acutely aware of the pain of other people's stories and journeys I would be exposed to, but more importantly worrying about projecting my story onto others that may be battling their own fear of mortality. I remember feeling very lucky to be offered a place on the trek after my application, but not confirming my place until the last day after struggling with my concerns. Ultimately, the thought of an opportunity to take part in such an amazing and challenging trip for a cause that is very close to my heart really excited me and would give an enormous sense of remembering and honouring Kate, that would make her proud for continuing something she was so passionate about was too big to ignore. Kate shared her cancer journey very openly, which resulted in other women finding their own breast cancer early, it would mean everything to be part of making that happen over and over. That being said, it would be a lie to say I have overcome my initial worries, if anything, they've only become more prevalent the closer I have got to the start of the trek! On November 11th 2022, I will be jetting off to Morocco to trek 100km across the Sahara Desert with over 100 other trekkers and a handful of celebrities as team captains. As mentioned, I have my concerns, as well as the thought of missing Lucia tremendously, although she has taken the news of me leaving like a mature angel, understanding the concept of charity and how CoppaFeel! are so important to our family - it feels as though she is doing her bit for charity by sacrificing her daddy for a week! I am however exceptionally excited to meet lots of amazing people, explore a new part of the world, seeing the night sky in the middle of a desert, and challenging myself doing something I have an interest in, all for the much bigger purpose of trying to reach as many people with CoppaFeel!'s message. The thought of other families having to endure what we have, both during diagnosis and treatment, and god forbid, losing a loved one is heart breaking. Which is why I am unbelievably appreciative for all of the support that’s been offered so far. It is very overwhelming to see strangers, friends, new and old and family to spare what they can to give others a better chance of a positive outcome. Please, if you can, vising my page and make a donation to this life saving charity - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chris-McIver. Honestly, every bit helps, no matter how big or small. I would also love to say a big thank you to all of you that continue to support Kate McIver Skin, new and old. Many of you were here to witness Kate's journey, and many since. Kate touched many lives and she was a loss for so many people. I see the continued support for her brand and her family and for that I couldn't be more proud or grateful. I want to say thank you for not only supporting me, but in doing so, supporting our charity partner, CoppaFeel!, through sales of the Original Serum. It really does give me and the rest of my family great pride and comfort. Please visit their website https://coppafeel.org to get a better sense of who they are and how they're changing lives. I'm sure you will be impressed by their breadth of information and tireless work. Now to squeeze in some last minute training! Thank you, Chris.