James conquers Kosciuszko for campers

Whilst many kids were spending their summer holidays at the beach, Feel the Magic camper James Drover was raising funds so another child could experience Camp Magic. He set out to do this by climbing Mount Kosciuszko, an 18km round trip on Australia’s highest mountain, 2,228 metres above sea level.

This is James’ story in his own words:

When I was just over 2 years of age, my dad who was only 33 at the time, died suddenly and unexpectedly of a cardiac arrest. Overnight, just like that my dad was gone forever. I never got to give him one last cuddle, he wasn’t there when I was sick in hospital, he wasn’t there on my first day of school, he never gets to watch me at little athletics or soccer, he’ll never get to help me with my maths homework (mum sucks at maths). He’s left a massive void in my life and I miss him terribly. 

Camp Magic has allowed me to meet other kids who have experienced similar circumstances and realise I’m not alone. It’s given me tools to help deal with my big emotions and my grief journey.

 My mum has shown me how we can turn a negative experience in our lives into a positive to help others. So I’ve decided, that with my mum by my side, in January 2019 during my school holidays, I’m going to climb Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko. I want to do this for 2 reasons, I want to raise $1000, enough to send another child to Camp Magic, and whilst I can’t stop someone else’s mum or dad from dying, I can show them that with the right support around them they can conquer any mountain.

Not only did he complete the walk, he raised a massive $4270 which will send four bereaved children to a Camp Magic program in 2019 phenomenal effort.

His story also appeared 0n Seven News:

We are so proud of James’ generosity and dedication to the Feel the Magic community.

$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.

$70,000 raised at The Funding Network

This year we had the opportunity to present at The Funding Network, an Australian charity that builds the capacity of grassroots non-profit organisations, by helping to democratise giving and facilitating greater community engagement.

Feel the Magic® was one of only three charities selected to present to a room of generous Australians looking to support charities that are making a diference. We were proudly represented by founder James Thomas and camper Noah Levin. They shared their heartfelt message on the importance of early intervention of childhood grief. We particularly want to acknowledge Noah’s outstanding presentation – we are so proud of our campers in so many ways.

A total of $70,000 was raised for Feel the Magic® which will impact the lives of 70 grieving children nationwide.

This is impact at its best! Thank you to everyone involved who made this possible.

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.

Over $42K Raised at This Years City2surf

Congratulations to the 2018 City2surf team!

Our team of 30 runners and walkers braved the cold and pounded the pavement all in the name of supporting Australian grieving children on Sunday the 12th August 2018.

A total combined fundraising amount of $42,551.10 was raised from our amazing team and will support 42 individual grieving children and their parents via our Camp Magic® program and Parent and Guardian Workshop in 2018.

Amongst the runners was Feel the Magic® very own ambassador Dimity Clancey.

For the third straight year, our City2surf team was sponsored by SDG Land Development Solutions. A huge thank you to Managing Director Craig Turner for his ongoing support of of this event and the Feel the Magic® cause.

Last but by any means least, special thank you to our team captain Tricia Gerigk who brings the whole team and event together. In the business of Tricia’s own life she finds time to make this happen.

Now lets get ready for 2019 🙂