The City-to-Surf is back!

Join the SDG-Feel the Magic team today for the early bird discount and start your fundraising to help SDG reach its goal of $50,000! The C-2-S is one of Sydney’s iconic events and loads of fun!

Date: Sunday 14th August 2022

Click here to sign up: https://city2surf22.grassrootz.com/feel-the-magic/feel-the-magic-sdg

Instructions for the FTM website it’s a 2x Part or 2x Step process:

Part 1 – 

  • Click “Register Now” to join the team
  • Sign up to join as “individual”
  • Select “part of a group”
  • Type in Feel the Magic – SDG to find our team
  • Password for the team is FTMSDG2022
  • Enter YOUR details & medical info
  • Do not select extras or merchandise (SMS allowed only)
  • We will then pay your registration fee and provide a singlet at a later date along with your race bib/number
  • Answer all questions then you are finished Part 1.

Part 2 – 

  • Click “Start Fundraising” 
  • Then set up your fundraising platform with Grassroots (previously Everyday Hero)
  • Set your goal $$$
  • Answer all questions and then you are finished Part 2. 

Tips: Now post on social media often and honestly:

  • Tell your story
  • Talk about your training or prep
  • Post photos 
  • Talk about why you support FTM
  • Aim high talk about your goal
  • Update people on your progress (both training & $$)
  • Smash your goal by posting often, use humour, ask directly, send an email

Anyone who simply wants to donate just clicks the bottom button “Make a donation” and they can find an individual this way or our team https://city2surf22.grassrootz.com/feel-the-magic 

A fantastic documentary for our partner Erebus on Fox

AN EIGHT-PART documentary series following one of Supercars’ most popular teams, Erebus Motorsport, will debut on Wednesday 2 March on Fox Sports.

Access All Areas: Erebus Motorsport was filmed across a remarkable two-year period covering the 2020 and 2021 Supercars Championship seasons and goes places no behind-the-scenes documentary has gone before.

Access All Areas commences with cameras embedded within the team in the thick of the contest at the 2020 Adelaide 500, as Erebus pushes to join Supercars’ elite as regular winners.

With unfiltered access to drivers’ David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale both at and away from the circuit, the documentary then charts the unprecedented 2020 season as the team negotiated the Covid-19 Pandemic and the border closures throughout the year.

As if that wasn’t enough, cameras were there when the team underwent significant change prior to the 2021 season: Reynolds and De Pasquale departing the team to be replaced by an all-rookie squad comprised of young-guns Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki. 

Can you help raise $100,000 by simply voting online?

Joey Essex is an English television personality that is currently featuring in Channel Ten’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. He has progressed to the finale which is being aired on Channel Ten this Sunday night!

Why Joey selected Feel the Magic?

When Joey was 10-years-old his mother died by suicide. Unable to comprehend such a great loss when he was so young, Joey attempted to push down his grief and grew up to be one of the UK’s biggest reality stars.

Joey’s lived experience of childhood bereavement resonates significantly with why Feel the Magic exists. Joey shared his story recently on I’m A Celebrity and also in a BBC document Joey Essex: Grief & Me which was on Channel Ten. Joey shared his difficult past and his attempts to confront the grief that he had buried for two decades and how seeking help AND talking about his grief, how much it changed his life.

Joey is now a chance at $100,000 for Feel the Magic if he wins! If you can help just by jumping on the 10Play link below and voting for Joey, he may just help fund more camps and resources in 2022!

Vote at https://10play.com.au/vote

Shaw and Partners challenge Erebus for charity

Erebus Motorsport will have an extra incentive when they tackle Mount Panorama this week, with Shaw and Partners Financial Services philanthropic arm throwing down financial support to the team’s official charity partner. 

Established in 2015, the Shaw and Partners Foundation was created with the goal to instil and perpetuate real change in Australian society and as a result sees them pledging up to $100,000 to Feel the Magic.

Shaw and Partners Co-Chief Executive Officer Earl Evans, who was instrumental in the foundation’s development, is looking forward to seeing Erebus take on the challenge.

“At Shaw and Partners we are great believers in putting back into the community and we are always looking for opportunities to do so whilst having some fun,” Evans said.

“This is great motivation for the Erebus team, who are already striving for that Top Ten Shootout. 

“We are so pleased to partner with both Erebus and Feel the Magic this weekend and look forward to, hopefully, proudly donating to Feel the Magic, who undertake such vital work in our society.”

The Shaw and Partners Foundation will donate $25,000 for each Erebus Commodore that makes the Top Ten Shootout, with an additional $25,000 per car that crosses the line inside the top ten on Sunday.

The team’s official charity partner since 2018, Feel the Magic is an Australian non-profit who provide early intervention grief education programs for children aged 7 to 17 who have experienced the loss of a parent, guardian or sibling.

Developed by clinical psychologists, their free camps aim to help kids manage their grief through teaching practical coping strategies to grieve in a healthy and positive way; ultimately helping reduce the mental health challenges associated with childhood grief.

Feel the Magic CEO Adam Blatch is extremely grateful for the foundation’s generosity.

“We feel very privileged to be a charity partner with Erebus Motorsport and are so grateful for the support they provide to Feel the Magic and the grieving kids we serve,” Blatch said.

“What the Shaw and Partners Foundation provides to charities is remarkable and we are very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the relationship between Erebus and Shaw and Partners at this year’s Bathurst 1000.”

Since the foundation’s inception, Shaw and Partners has donated over $6 million to over 130 charities.  

“With the form that Erebus has at the moment, the Bathurst 1000 is set to be a fantastic stage to finish off a tremendous year for them and it is truly amazing to be part of it,” Blatch added.

The Bathurst 1000 will conclude the 2021 Supercars season, with on-track action from Thursday.

Help make this research study a success

An online study aiming to better understand the support needs of young people mourning the loss of a sibling is being conducted by the University of Queensland. Findings of this research may help to improve the support available for young people who have experienced sibling bereavement.

This online questionnaire will ask questions about your grief experience, what support you may need, how you may have grown as a person during this difficult time, as well as general details about yourself (e.g., age, gender).

Participants eligible for this study:

  • Anyone aged 16 – 25 who wants to share their story
  • Death of a sibling has not occurred less than 4 months ago

Please note: Anyone aged 16 and 17 will need consent from a parent or guardian before participating.   

This study will take approximately 20 – 25 minutes to complete.

For more information, please click here to view the flyer or view the podcast.

If you would like to participate, please follow the link below:   

Study link: https://uqpsych.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1IfmAERrRj1MQpD

A Changing of the Guard at Feel the Magic

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.