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

Lend your voice to designing the Post Suicide Support Services

4 locally facilitated co-design workshops are seeking to bring together people who have a lived experience of suicide bereavement with those who work in postvention, such as first responders, and community post suicide support roles. The aim is to work together on designing what the new NSW Post Suicide Support Services will look like in your local area.

The 4 workshops will be held in the Nepean Blue Mountains, Campbelltown, Bateman’s Bay, and inner Sydney areas. If you or anyone you know, either your colleagues or families might be interested to join these workshops, please feel free to make contact with Bridget Betzold at bridget@rosesintheocean.com.au.

For more details on a workshop in your area, please download the flyer.

Sydney Workshop

Nepean Blue Mountains Workshop

Campbelltown Workshop

Bateman’s Bay Workshop

#NOM7 Guest Speaker Jim Wilson

We’re pleased to announce, Jim Wilson legendary Australian sports journalist for the Seven Network as our special guest speaker for this year’s seventh annual Night of Magic gala event.

Jim has had a stellar career as a sports journalist which has seen him broadcast sporting events right around the world. In 2010, Jim and his family were dealt the cruelest of blows when his youngest son at age 6 lost his battle with brain cancer.

An amazing man with an inspiring story, we look forward to hearing Jim speak at this years ‘Night of Magic VII’.

“ Having lost my beautiful boy Sammy at just six years old, the impact on families is enormous. Sam was beyond his years, an amazing son who was dealt the worst possible hand in life. But I had a son who lived on and I remain so proud and loving of Joey who endured sorrow and pain that no 9 year old should have to experience. To have something like Camp Magic for Joey would have been so beneficial and comforting in his time of need. That’s why I did not hesitate when asked by my great mate and colleague Michael Usher to be part of your very special evening.”

$37,000 Raised at the 3rd Annual Golf Day

On Friday 15th March 2019, we held the 3rd Annual Feel the Magic® Golf Day at the beautiful Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.

Guest MC for the second year running was the all class,  James Bracey from Channel Nine who did an outstanding job hosting the event.

A total of $37,000 was raised from the day which will enable us to have a direct impact on 37 bereaved children’s lives at our upcoming April 2019 Camp Magic® program.

Once again the ‘weather Gods’ were on our side, providing us with perfect golfing conditions after a previous 24 hours of torrential rain.

Attendees were lucky enough to witness Camp Magic® young gun, James Drover along with super Mum Kelly, share their inspirational story of how their loss empowered them to get out of their comfort zones and support other bereaved children and families in similar situations.

Feel the Magic ambassador and Wests Tigers enforcer, Josh Aloiai was also a special guest speaker on the day.

Josh spoke about the heart break of losing his Dad at age 14, his NRL career and his recent experience as a Camp Magic® mentor, highlighting the importance of early intervention of childhood grief.

Rugby League legend and Triple M broadcaster, Mark ‘MG’ Geyer was also set to be one of our guest speakers, however due to a family emergency had to unfortunately make an early exit and couldn’t take part in the formalities on the day.

All in all another sensational and successful golf day!

The day’s success would not have been possible without the generosity and support of our amazing event sponsors,

Gold- Griffin Air-Conditioning, Priority Advisory Group and Channel Nine.

Silver- Penrith Toyota, Drummond Golf Penrith, Big Swing Golf Penrith, Supa Centa Moore Park, Wideline Windows and Doors and Devotion.

Bronze- The Avenue Real Estate, Mid-city Windows, Norwest Commercial Real Estate, Transcom Services, Hearts and Science and SDG Land Development Solutions.

Thank you to everyone else, who took part on the day and volunteered, your contribution is also greatly appreciated.

Last but not least, a big CONGRATULATIONS, to the 2019 Feel the Magic® Golf Day Champions, Brent Tedesco, Matthew Ryan, Mark Paul and Carl Pearce.

Well played everyone and we look forward to seeing you back in 2020.

Mark Geyer is joining us this Golf Day

Mark Geyer is a Rugby League Legend and current radio personality on the afternoon show ‘The Rush Hour’ with Triple M. MG will be joining us for the upcoming ‘3rd Annual Feel the Magic Charity Golf Day. He will be having a shot at the Feel the Magic cup as well as being one of our special guest speakers on the day. MG knows the pain and suffering that grief presents but knows all too well the destruction it can cause when it’s suppressed and not addressed. We’re very much looking forward to hearing his inspiring story of resilience and recovery. On top of this, MG will be kindly donating a replica 1991 premiership winning jersey that he will personally sign to auction off on the day with the winner having their picture taken with the man himself. A fantastic piece of memorabilia for any Rugby League fan. It’s an honour to have Mark Geyer join our special guest speakers, Wests Tigers Josh Aloiai and Camp Magic young gun James Drover. If you would like to register a team to this years event, we only have three remaining. Click Here to register.

Over $170,000 raised at Night of Magic VI

Oh what a night!

On 22nd September, we held our sixth Night of Magic at the Westin, Sydney. We are thrilled to announce that $171,364.00 was raised thanks to the generosity of over 480 guests in attendance.

The inspiration was felt throughout the room after hearing many heartfelt stories including 12 year old camper Jessica Giannaklis on the loss of her father, Feel the Magic® ambassador Betty Klimenko on her life journey and her experience at Camp Magic® and 2018 “The Voice” finalist, Brock Ashby shared his grief journey after losing his mother at the age of 12. Brock also spoke about how important it was having mentors in his life encouraging members of the audience to become a mentor at a Camp Magic® program.

Feel the Magic® founders, James and Kristy Thomas, shared their WHY behind starting Feel the Magic® and also spoke of their vision of the organisation and its 5-year plan.

We were also delighted to share with the room that Monica Saunders-Weinberg has accepted our invitation to become our founding Guardian Angel. Monica’s financial support and mentorship over the past 24 months, has been instrumental in helping us to expand. The positive impact of her generosity will be felt by the children who attend camp for years to come.

During our Heart Felt Pledges, James and Leila English pledged a phenomenal 187 ‘Talk Time Sessions’ equalling $30k on the night. This photo captured the magic of one of our campers Noah, expressing his gratitude to the amazing couple. This photo highlights the love and the connection that was in the room.

Thank you again to all our speakers and performers on the night, including camper Jessica Giannaklis, Feel the Magic® ambassador Betty Klimenko, 2018 “The Voice” finalists Brock Ashby and Luke Anthony and finally, MC and Feel the Magic® Ambassador, Michael Usher.

If you would like to be involved in creating next year’s stand out event, please contact Angela Maguire at angela@thegapconsultancy.com.au or 0414 20 77 55 who will be convening our Night of Magic VII event committee.

Head across to our Facebook page to see the full gallery of amazing images from the night.