FTM COVID-19 response update #7: 21 April

Good afternoon everyone

With such positive news regarding the ‘flattening of the curve’, I reflected today on how much I have to be grateful for. I never imagined a pandemic taking hold of the world like COVID-19 has – I imagine not many of us would have. This thought gave impetus on ‘the lucky country’ and how much I can be thankful for every day.

The Feel the Magic team is trialling our online program this week and running a pilot next week with some Feel the Magic families. The team are very excited to be creating this innovative, but aligned, way of bringing some camp Magic to support our families. We can’t replace the hugs (although we have sent our virtual hugs to you all) but we can bring the tools, support and connection.

Our #connection campaign continues to kick-along with a some very wide reach from across the globe!! Please continue to spread the challenge and word of Feel the Magic if and where you can. We may not be able to deliver Camps right now, but we are aware that grieving doesn’t stop and we send our love & hugs to you all.

Please continue to stay safe, stay home, look out for the communities around you and reach out to Feel the Magic if you need any help or support.

Kind Regards

Adam Blatch

Chief Operating Officer

Feel the Magic

FTM COVID-19 response update #6: 14 April

Good afternoon everyone

Easter is normally a time full of traditions, customs and times of connecting with loved ones. Easter 2020 will forever go down as a unique time in our lives with the weekend lockdown rules being applied across most of Australia creating an opportunity to ‘connect’ differently over the long weekend.

Last week, James launched the #connection campaign – a campaign to provoke sharing of a virtual hug across your virtual and social network. There has been some tremendous momentum behind the campaign and who wouldn’t want to spread some kindness and virtual hugs during this period of time!

I’d like to reiterate for our Feel the Magic community that our team is constantly thinking of you. The #connection campaign stemmed from what is most critical to Feel the Magic – the creation of safety in those around you. So, sending a virtual hug was a small piece of Camp shared in current times for the people at the top of our minds.

We also know that special events in our lives can also be challenging and difficult and that support during these times can often feel lessened or faded. Knowing that some of you may be finding it tough or challenging right now doesn’t sit right with us so please let us know how we can help and we’ll see what we can do.

The COVID-19 across Australia seems to be flattening – some great progress as it appears most of Australia have responded to the Government’s requests and this is taking affect. We’ll get through this together so long as we ‘keep to the course’. In the meantime, our virtual hugs have come your way – please share these and hopefully the Easter break was a time to connect with your loved in your own ‘lockdown’ situation.

Stay safe, stay home and look out for the communities around you.

Kind Regards

Adam Blatch

Chief Operating Officer

Feel the Magic

FTM COVID-19 response update #5: 8 April

Good afternoon everyone

As the new norm sets in and we continue to work through these challenging times, its been incredibly humbling to receive some very positive feedback from the Feel the Magic community – I greatly appreciate this and thank you. The positive sentiments received has reinforced the need to ensure we are reaching out to family and friends to ‘check-in’ on them.

The team has been meeting twice a week to ‘check-in’ and keep a positive momentum on our Healthy Grieving Program which we will trial as a team next week. We will then look to pilot the program with a group from within the Feel the Magic community – bringing a new way of supporting our bereaved children and their families to our community.

I, like everyone, have been challenged a little with the remote working and isolation – not seeing my new ‘Feel the Magic’ family regularly to give a hug to has been hard. I am very grateful for the family time and the unusual amount of time my family with me!! We had a good laugh on the weekend when my 8-year old daughter had a crazy hair and hat carnival!!

We are sharing a virtual hug this week – a great initiative from James our co-founder. Look out for the campaign and please, share a virtual hug across your virtual communities!! Look out for the #connection challenge – aligned to one of our core values but doing it differently for now!

Stay safe, stay home and look out for the communities around you.

Kind Regards
Adam Blatch
Chief Operating Officer
Feel the Magic

FTM COVID-19 response update #4: 1 April

Another week has progressed in this new world order and we continue to work towards further measures of shutting down COVID-19. It has been an interesting week with each day potentially bringing something further on either the Government’s response or innovative ways to stay connected in this ‘shut-down’ period.

We are hoping you have found your ways to stay connected to your loved ones, your neighbours and your communities. It has never been more imperative now to look out for each other where you can.

At Feel the Magic, we are continuing our remote working and connect multiple times per week in some format. The team are working tremendously hard on our virtual program of support – our Healthy Grieving Program. We are moving towards a pilot program by mid-April if all goes well. We will keep you updated on this as we go.

Look out for some social media coming out this week – a virtual hug campaign to share our Feel the Magic love!

Stay safe, stay home and look out for the communities around you.

Feel the Magic founders, James and Kristy Thomas COVID-19 update

7 years ago, James and Kristy Thomas dedicated their lives to supporting the healing process of grieving Australian children and their families. Their passion hasn’t wavered and are even more determined to support our grieving families especially during this time of uncertainty.

Now more so than ever, the Feel the Magic team are working extremely hard behind the scenes to create new ways of program delivery and maintain the impact we are having on the grief community.

James and Kristy have a special message, click on the link to watch the video.

FTM COVID-19 response update #3: 24 March

As we work through how the COVID-19 unfolds each and every day, we are very cognisant on the impact this can have on all us individually and collectively. It is often in the challenging times that grief can surface in different ways – the loss of normal routines; loss of a job; the loss of our sense of freedom.

The Feel the Magic team has taken the cancellation of the April & May Camp Magic quite hard – knowing that our new and existing families won’t have the benefit of attending Camp Magic to grow, connect and learn. It’s a challenging time for us all.

Our team have all moved to remote working along with our meetings being conducted via video conferencing and teleconferencing. Despite the drastic changes for everyone, our focus in the short-term remains on our families and what support we can provide. This is being conducted by:

  • Directly contacting all of our April & May camper families to ensure they are going ok along with contacting our volunteer mentors for a check-in
  • Redirecting our efforts for when the world returns to normal (whatever the new normal may present itself as)
  • Devising an online support & educational program aligned to our Camp Magic program (more to come on this exciting program in the coming weeks)

We hope that you all remain safe and vigilant with the health precautions to prevent the spread into your families and lives. Our team remain right behind you so if you feel isolated, stuck or just want to chat, please reach out to one of our team members in anyway shape or form.

Watch across our social platforms for more personalised messages from James and Kristy Thomas, our co-founders, who are also feeling the strain of the decisions we have all faced for Camp to be cancelled – it’s what gets them out of bed everyday too!

For now, look after yourself, your family and your neighbours/communities the best you can.