Reviewed by Odette McCarthy
What a glamorous and beneficial charity ball! The 7 th Annual Feel The Magic ball, ‘Night of Magic VII’, was hosted by Deborah Knight of the TODAY show and Michael Usher of Channel 7 News. The Hyatt Regency, Sydney, was peppered with celebrities and supporters, all ready to donate to a well worthy cause. Feel the Magic is an Australian not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a supportive community of children who are experiencing grief, plus encouragement to reach their full potential. Such a community means that young people who have been left feeling isolated and alone due to significant loss can meet those with similar experiences, make connections and have a safe place to talk and feel a sense of belonging at difficult times. The charity’s Camp Magic ® provides grief education. It follows a structured psychoeducational program along with the implementation of fun physical activities and resilience building challenges.
Since 2014, the yearly ball has aimed to raise money for this charity. The glittering black-tie event included a delicious 3 course meal, raffle and auction prizes (for which people dug deep into their pockets for a good cause), art selling, dancing, charismatic conversation and very moving speeches, including that of special guest speaker, Australian sports journalist Jim Wilson. Figures were shared on the impact that Feel The Magic has had on the wellbeing of the grieving children the organization has supported, which illustrated the invaluable impact they are having. Attending ambassadors included international rugby league footballer Josh Aloiai of Wests Tigers, Championship driver Scott Pye, Erebus Motorsport owner Betty Klimenko, Channel 9 News Reporter Dimity Clancey and Channel 7 News Reporter Michael Usher. What a worthwhile cause to back.