By Adam Blatch

A changing of the guard is taking place at Feel the Magic.

Our fearless leader and Co-Founder, James Thomas has been at the helm for the past 8 years. So much has been achieved in this time with many lives impacted along the way. Driven from his own personal tragedy, along with wife Kristy, they have managed to establish Feel the Magic as one of the Nations leading organisations in grief education and support for bereaved kids and their families.

In James’ words below he shares what this journey has meant to him. We also introduce you to Adam Blatch, Feel the Magic’s new CEO in 2021.

“I have some exciting news to share!

Kristy’s and my own personal tragedy gave life to Feel the Magic. For the past 8 years, Feel the Magic has been my baby. Now with two young boys to raise, it’s time to give them more of my time, love and guidance. One of the greatest lessons I have learnt from grieving kids is that time and the simple things in life spent with their loved ones means the most! This is now my time to provide these types of memories and experiences for my two boys Madden and Chase.

As Co-founder and Managing Director, I’m excited to hand over the reins to a great leader that leads with heart. From January 1st, 2021, Adam Blatch will be appointed as Feel the Magic’s new CEO. Adam’s skillset is profound, and I will watch and support him with great joy as he takes Feel the Magic to the next level.

When I think of Feel the Magic, the word ‘Family’ comes to mind and this is exactly what it is. It is an organisation driven by heart and with Adam now at the helm, I have every bit of confidence that these traits will be very much preserved, and the culture & essence will be built upon from leadership.

I am still very much involved with FTM, advocating for grieving Australians is something I’m still very much passionate about. I will be stepping into a new role, working alongside Adam in a Co-founder/advocate role and proudly fly the flag for early intervention for grieving Australians.

I wanted to sincerely thank the FTM team, hard work pays off and this is evident with what has been achieved in the past 8 years. With the development and evolution of our programs, expansion into three states, over a thousand kids and their families supported, these are just a few things that I’m very proud of. I want to thank the FTM Board both past and present for your professionalism and contribution. I also want to thank all individuals, donors, contractors, personal mentors, volunteers, schools, sporting clubs, charities, businesses, corporations, philanthropist and ambassadors that have played a hand in establishing FTM as one of Australia’s leading support providers for grieving kids and their families. To all FTM beneficiaries, I wish you nothing but the best and thank you for your bravery, trust and inspiring me to be a better human.

Last but not least, I want to thank my wife Kristy. Since that day in Disneyland in January 2013, you have been by my side every step of the way and I honestly could not have done this without you! Your belief in our vision kept us going and I’m proud of us for creating something very special.

Thank you all once again, it’s been a blast!”

 James Thomas

Please watch the short video below created by FTM Ambassador Dimity Clancey.