Strike out suicide

Saving lives: One ‘boxing strike’ at a time

Sadly 8.6 Australians die every day from suicide. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44.

Strike Out suicide

The inaugural national Strike Out Suicide 14 day challenge starts soon on Monday 5 December and Feel the Magic is a proud and grateful beneficiary of the challenge.

Founded by former professional footballer and TV presenter Troy Gray – who was himself affected by suicide at the height of his sporting career – is making it his mission to unite people across Australia to Strike Out Suicide.

Media Release – Strike Out Suicide 2022

REGISTER NOW FOR THE NATIONAL STRIKE OUT SUICIDE

14-DAY CHALLENGE FROM 5 – 18 DECEMBER 2022

SAVING LIVES: ONE ‘BOXING STRIKE’ AT A TIME

8.6 Australians die every day by suicide.  That’s more than double the road toll.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44.

The 14 day challenge starting on Monday 5 December 2022 is an annual campaign encouraging participants across Australia to complete daily boxing strikes to save lives, remove the stigma around mental health and inspire others through connection, hope, fitness, and fun.

Participants are invited to throw as many boxing strikes as they can during the two week fundraising period to bring awareness to the growing incidence of suicide; in addition to removing the stigma and educating the public.  Funds raised via this year’s Strike Out Suicide challenge will benefit the charity initiatives* supported by the Good Blokes Society – helping men to connect, and openly discuss their mental well-being.

A great way to spend the first two weeks of December, the Strike Out Suicide challenge will advance your fitness, improve your mood, reduce stress, and benefit your mental health.  Each participant will throw as many boxing strikes as they can daily during the fundraising period – no boxing experience or equipment is needed… and shadow boxing is fine!

Pick your challenge – how many strikes can you complete each day.

Track your progress – track your daily strikes and monitor your fundraising progress.

Make a difference – the more ‘strikes’ you throw, the more you and everyone you prospers.

Founded by former professional footballer and TV presenter Troy Gray – who was himself affected by suicide at the height of his sporting career – is making it his mission to unite people across Australia to Strike Out Suicide.

* The charity initiatives to benefit from Strike Out Suicide are Outside The Locker Room and Feel The Magic.  Outside the Locker Room is a registered charity providing mental health education and welfare support to sporting clubs, schools and workplaces across Australia.  Feel The Magic is an Australian charity providing early intervention grief education programs for kids aged 7 to 17, who are experiencing pain and isolation due to the death of a parent, guardian, or sibling.

Would you like a world without suicide?  We would.
Together we can save lives… Together, we can #StrikeOutSuicide

WATCH:  A personal video message from the Founder of Strike Out Suicide.

Accept the challenge and register now.

Erebus Motorsports #99

Kostecki/Russell and Geoff Booth Foundation raise $10,000 for Feel the Magic

Feel the Magic is immensely grateful to Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki and David Russell, who, as part of a pledge by The Geoff Booth Foundation, raised $10,000 for Feel the Magic.

The Geoff Booth Foundation pledged $10,000 for the #99 to reach the Top Ten Shootout at the Bathurst 1000, where Kostecki qualified the car in ninth.

Read more about the incredible legacy left by Geoff Booth and Annie Tan, and the impressive efforts of Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki and David Russell in this release.

News release by Erebus Motorsports, Geoff Booth Foundation and Feel the Magic

Erebus Motorsport’s Brodie Kostecki and David Russell have raised $10,000 for the team’s Official Charity Partner Feel the Magic, as part of an incentive from the Geoff Booth Foundation.

The Geoff Booth Foundation pledged $10,000 for the #99 to reach the Top Ten Shootout at last weekend’s Bathurst 1000, where Kostecki qualified the car in ninth on Friday.

“The Geoff Booth Foundation was delighted to have the opportunity to partner up with both the Erebus Motorsport Team and Feel The Magic for this fantastic initiative,” Foundation Member Rhys Kinder said.

“We saw an opportunity to not only provide an extra incentive to see the 99 car reach the Bathurst 1000 Top 10 Shootout but also support the fantastic work the Feel the Magic team do in providing grief counselling programs for kids aged 7 to 17 who are experiencing isolation due to the death of a loved one.”

The Foundation was created in 2009 and celebrates the lives of its founders Geoff Booth and Annie Tan, who both passed away due to cancer.

The couple had invested wisely, spent modestly and with no children, left their life savings to be distributed on an ongoing basis to charities in need.

“Both Geoff and Annie Tan would be proud to support such a great cause,” Kinder continued.

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. 

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 is only able to provide our free camps and resources thanks to amazing and generous donors such as the Geoff Booth Foundation,” Feel the Magic CEO Adam Blatch said.

“The donation will assist kids to Camp Magic so we can help them to face, feel and heal in their grief.

“We are extremely grateful for this amazing donation.”

Erebus Motorsport is thrilled to work alongside Feel the Magic and is grateful to the Geoff Booth Foundation for their generous contributions.

Image: Erebus Motorsport, Facebook, Mount Panorama Circuit Bathurst 10 October.

Melissa Wu Feel the Magic Ambassador

Melissa Wu joins Feel the Magic as Ambassador and 1-in-20 Challenger

Australian Olympic and World Champion medalist Melissa Wu joins Feel the Magic as Ambassador and takes on the 1-in-20 Challenge!

Melissa has faced many challenges throughout her life and career but none as tough as losing her younger sister Kirsten. Melissa experienced bereavement after her sister died 8 years ago. Melissa said “it something that never goes away, you just learn to live it with it, and it’s made me really value the things that are important in my life. I guess I just learnt how to make every day count”.

At a Feel the Magic Family Day Camp this year Melissa said, “I am here to help kids, share my story and hopefully they take away something from my journey.”

Melissa Wu Ambassador, Feel the Magic

We are proud and privileged to welcome Melissa to our FtM community and excited that Melissa will join us to raise money for grieving kids this October in the 1-in-20 Challenge.

If you would like to donate to Melissa’s 1-in-20 team, CLICK HERE.

What is the 1-in-20 Challenge?

The Challenge is to walk or run 120km this October to help fund Camps for the 1 in 20 kids left behind after the devastating loss of their Mum or Dad.

1-in-20 Challenge helps fund free camps for bereaved children

In a media statement released 15 September 2022, Adam Blatch, CEO, Feel the Magic said, “The 1-in-20 fundraising challenge is one of the most important events for Feel the Magic because, thanks to all the participants every year, we are able to run our highly successful and life changing camps for bereaved children – all free for families who need this support.

“It is through our Camps that kids are taught practical and healthy coping strategies to help them through their grief. Since we launched Camp Magic in 2015, Feel the Magic has helped grieving kids rebuild their confidence and self-respect through connecting with other kids just like them and finding a place where they feel safe to face, feel and heal in their grief. Raising $1,500 will sponsor a grieving child to go to Camp Magic and that’s an opportunity to change a kid’s life.

Camps can be life changing for kids and parents

Kelly Drover’s son, James has attended Camp Magic and Kelly herself has been a mentor to other grieving children at previous camps. Kelly says, “Feel the Magic will change your life and make you realise you’re not alone on this journey. You are part of a family who supports you and helps you to live with your grief. The biggest thing for him [James] was to be around other kids who just get it…[At camp] he was in this safe space with other kids that, even if it was unspoken, there was just this connection”.

Taking on the Challenge during October Mental Health Awareness Month

Adam Blatch further said, “October also happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month which is a good reminder for all. Childhood bereavement can lead to a life-time of mental health challenges if not supported with programs and strategies like what we teach the kids at Camp. And we know how much exercise and fresh hair can help with mental health. I encourage people to sign up to the 1-in-20 challenge, do it for your own mental health as well as to help Feel the Magic on our journey and commitment to helping grieving children to reach their full potential without the devastating effects that childhood bereavement can have.”

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

Online Healthy Grieving Program Launch 14th May

Feel the Magic, an Australian charity dedicated to supporting grieving children and their families, is expanding their service with an online program.

A lot has changed here in Australia, we are all living with restrictions and the uncertainty of the future – but one thing that hasn’t changed is the grief that 1 in 20 young Australians are feeling after the loss of a parent/guardian or sibling.

The Healthy Grieving Program is a new grief education and support service that will allow Feel the Magic to provide ongoing support to Australian families and will be crucial in reaching children in isolated and remote areas, where grief support and counselling is difficult to obtain.

Modelled on Feel the Magic’s successful Camp Magic initiative, the Healthy Grieving Program has been adapted for video conferencing, where up to ten children per session will participate supported by their parent or guardian.

In multiple sessions over a weekend or evening they will form bonds and connections with others, while learning important strategies and skills for improving their emotional health, both individually and as a family.

Like Camp Magic, the Healthy Grieving Program will support Australian children aged 7 to 17. Participants are placed in groups with their peers to ensure that discussions are age appropriate and focused on the most beneficial outcomes for their stage in life.

Co-Founder and CEO James Thomas said these sessions would be facilitated by trained educators and mental health experts and include access to Feel the Magic’s clinical psychologist for any participants who require extra assistance following the program.

“We know through the success of our Camp Magic program how vital it is for grieving children to have a supportive network of peers, with feelings of isolation through grief common” said Mr. Thomas.

“The Healthy Grieving Program will not only allow us to provide support to our families in addition to Camps, but it will allow us to reach countless Australian children who may otherwise find it difficult to attend.”

The Healthy Grieving Program launches on Thursday 14 May 2020.

Due to the cancellation of the ACT, Sydney and Victoria Camp Magic programs in April & May, priority access will be offered to campers and families who missed attending as a result. If you would like to take part in the next available Healthy Grieving Program please register your interest Here.

Feel the Magic is funded entirely by donations and they are seeking support to help reach as many children as possible. The Healthy Grieving Program costs $199 per child or $1999 for 10 children. You can sponsor a young grieving life today by clicking Here.

All donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

2019 Tasmania SuperSprint

Scott Pye Joins Team Magic

Supercars Championship Driver Scott Pye, now a proud Ambassador for Feel the Magic!

Scott Pye is an Australian professional racing driver for Walkinshaw Andretti United in the Virgin Supercars championship.

Scott knows all too well the devastation that grief and loss causes and is a classic example of how with the right support and attitude, you can overcome adversity and still pursue your dreams.

We are absolutely thrilled to have Scott join our team of Feel the Magic Ambassadors.

“Having lost my Father at nineteen I can understand the difficulties of overcoming the feeling of loss and grief whilst not having a support network that could understand what I was going through. It is an honour and privilege to be an ambassador for Feel the Magic, a program dedicated to helping overcome the challenges and changes in your life that losing a loved one will cause”.

See Scott make the announcement here,