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Natural Medicine Summit
On May 3rd-5th the Australian Traditional Medicine Society will be holding their 2nd Internation Natural Medicine Summit. Our very own founder, medical director and Clown Doctor, Dr Peter Spitzer (AKA. Dr Fruit- Loop) is a key-note speaker for the event. For more information and for registration details check out the Natural Medicine Summit website: http://www.atmssummit.com.au/content/
April is Smile Month at Clown Doctors and Commonwealth Bank!
Make it your Smile Month too!
Wear and share a smile this April with friends, collegaues and family while raising awareness and supporting the Clown Doctors in your local community. Smile Day is a special day in which you can help the curve of a smile set everything straight for a sick child in hospital. You can get involved by organising your own Smile Day fundraising event or activity throughout April, by making a donation here www.commbank.com.au/clowndoctors or at your local Commonwealth Bank. Commonwealth Bank Branches around the country will also be holding various fundraising activities, so make sure you pop in to say hello to the staff!
Look out for the Smile Photo Booth at the Royal Easter Show on Sunday 31 March and Monday 1 April! You can dress up in funny outfits, take a quick snap, and upload the pic to your Facebook page, all for a gold coin donation towards Clown Doctors!
Happy Smile Month everyone and thanks for sharing a smile with a sick child!
Miles For Smiles Tasmania 3-6th April 2013
Tasmania locals dosed the streets of Launceston, Rosny Park and Hobart with their special kind of medicine this April- with doses of smiles and laughter. The energy was high as local Cadbury employees, businesses and volunteers ran another exciting and iconic Cadbury-run Miles for Smiles fundraising event. People were located at busy highways and shopping centres collecting money and spreading laughter, all in the name of making sick kids in Tasmanian hospitals smile. Community donations were kindly dollar matched by local chocolate maker, Cadbury, raising an incredible $60 000! Thanks to everyone for all their hard work in making this another exciting event!
Rotary Club of South Bunbury Chidrens' Fair Fundraiser 17th February 2013
The Rotary Club of South Bunbury held a childrens' fair on the 17th of February in support of Clown Doctors! The fair had families spinning with fun, with traditional rides and activities for everyone. The event raised an amazing $1400 with our very own Clown Doctor, Dr Wolly, making an appearance and adding to the fun, smiles and laughter! Exactly what the Clown Doctors are made of!
Thankyou to everyone from the Rotary Club of South Bunburty and their local community for showing the wonderful support for our cause! Click the image below to watch a video of the day's events and keep an eye out for Dr Wolly!
Thank you for creating more laughter!
The continuing support of donors for the Clown Doctors has created more laughter for sick children in hospital. From October this year, there will be an increase in the presence of Clown Doctors in hospitals they visit around Australia.
The Humour Foundation has been working hard to increase Clown Rounds in hospitals across the nation and we are proud to announce that, thanks to incredible support, we will reach an additional 10,000 children each year. This increase will make a huge difference to sick children and their families, giving the gift of laughter and joy to more people.
The Clown Doctors currently visit 21 hospitals around the country, bringing smiles and laughter right to the bedside of sick children, where it is needed the most. This incredible milestone has been achieved solely through the support and generosity of our donors such as yourself. Thank you for believing in the power of a smile for sick children everywhere.
We feel inspired by knowing laughter is still the best medicine. Additional Clown Doctor Rounds will mean the physiological and psychological benefits of humour will reach more sick children, and Clown Doctors can continue to deliver our version of ‘open heart surgery’.
Thank you so much for making a difference to the lives of sick children!
Peter treks across Spain to raise money for the Clown Doctors!
Peter Jess has been involved with The Clown Doctors for a number of years. His passion for our cause is so strong that he embarked on the challenging Camino De Santiago, a 800km trek across Spain during October, to raise money for the Clown Doctors.
Thanks so much Peter! Together we can help the curve of a smile set everything straight for sick children and their families in hospital across Australia.
Congratulations David Symons
Our very own Artistic Director David Symons has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship of around $20,000. He was one out of five Australians’ selected to conduct research into a specific ageing-related area of medicine. David will be travelling to Holland, Scotland, Canada and the USA to investigate key health concerns relating to aged and dementia care. He will be examining artistry and humour therapy in these contexts, as well as program structure and service delivery.
His award recognises the importance of improving the quality of life for aged-care patients, and comes at an exciting time as we grow our Elder Clowns Program. We are all thrilled for him and enthusiastic to implement his research findings to further develop the work of The Humour Foundation!
A warm congratulations David!