By Isabella Simantov

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.