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 [email protected] 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 🙂

$38,000 Raised at 2018 Golf Day

On Friday 23rd March 2018, we held our annual Feel the Magic® Golf Day at the beautiful Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.

Hosted by special guest MC, Channel Nine’s James Bracey, a total of $38,000 was raised – making the day a great success!

This amount will fund a total of 38 individual grieving children to our 2018 April Camp Magic® program.

Like last year, the ‘weather gods’ were on our side, providing us with perfect golfing conditions, after a week of torrential rain.

Attendees were lucky enough to witness camp Mum, Danny Kinder, share her inspirational story of heartbreak and hear about her will to keep moving forward for her family and the legacy of her beautiful daughter Billie. You can read Danny’s story by clicking here.

Shane Bailey, our mentor extraordinaire, also shared his moving story on what life was like growing up as a bereaved child and how he gains so much by supporting grieving children as a mentor at Camp Magic®.

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

Gold- Griffin Air-Conditioning, Sure Search and Priority Advisory Group

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

Bronze- The Avenue Real Estate, Granite Transformations, Ubisoft, Mid-city Windows, EHI Hawkesbury, AWS Australia, Evolution Windows and Devotion.

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

Last but not least, a big CONGRATULATIONS, to the 2018 Feel the Magic® Golf Day Champions, Luke Oxley, Nathan Cruise, Jay Watson and Heath Parkin.

Well played everyone and we look forward to seeing you back in 2019.

James Bracey, pictured with Founder, James Thomas