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Join Peter Jess as he raises funds for the Clown Doctors by walking the Kakoda Track!
You can support Peter by making a donation on his online fundraising page: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/PeterJessKakoda.
The Australia Journal of Dementia Care & NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre are hosting one of our LaughterBoss training workshops on 15 November at the University of Wollongong
REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Dr Peter Spitzer (Medical Director, The Humour Foundation*) presents a 1-day workshop training residential aged care facility staff and managers to become LaughterBosses, with the creative skills to introduce humour and laughter into their facility, creating bonds through improved communication, helping with improved coping and providing positive diversion.
Expect a lot of experiential play and fun. Training includes examining the role of props as communication tools, a review of evidence-based medicine, positive psychology, performance activities in the aged care system and strategies such as musical opportunities and the mobile humour cart.
Participants receive some resource material to take back to their workplaces and will be eligible to register for the LaughterBossTM SharePoint site where they can share ideas and inspiration with LaughterBosses from around Australia.
Places at this event are limited. Do not delay in reserving your place!!
Date: Friday 15th November 2013
Venue: Building 233 (ITAMS), Room 116, University of Wollongong,
Innovation Campus (iCampus), Squires Way, North Wollongong
Cost: $111 (GST incl) includes m/tea, lunch, a/tea.
Workshop registration: LaughterBoss(TM) training workshop link
The Bowral Raffle Draw Winners
The raffle was drawn live on 2ST on Friday 15th November, with the results:
1st Prize: Ticket 2291 - Vanessa Tasker
2nd Prize: Ticket 3345 - R Kelly
3rd Prize: Ticket 5009 - Dave Walter
4th Prize: Ticket 3608 - Steve Cheers
5th Prize: Ticket 1934 - Gerry Kroon
6th Prize: Ticket 2542 - Elizabeth McMillan
Falsetto of Fashion - Sunday 29 September
The Falsetto of Fashion crew held a street fashion and soul and funk music event and supported the Clown Doctors by auctioning off a live art piece by Jeswri from Vilify. $600 was raised! Thank you Falsetto of Fashion for bringing some sunshine into the lives of sick children!
'Healing through smiling' fundraising evening
A group of passionate supporters held a fantastic fundraising evening for the Clown Doctors at the Kirribilli Club, North Sydney on Sunday 8 September at 4:30pm. They raised an incredible $2,000! Thanks to all of the group for their brilliant hard work and support!
The Annual Mittagong Ball- 15th June
The AnThe Annual Mittagong Ball was held on Saturday 15 June at Mittagong RSL. Amongst a sea of masks, balloons and table settings, believe it or not, you could still make out the two bright-coloured costumes of Clown Doctors, Dr Quack & Dr Fruit-Loop, wandering around the room, handing out smiles on sticks, giving shoulder massages and revealing a little of their magic. This reminded guests why they were there of course, while enjoying good food, great music and a fantastic atmosphere.
Although they are fools on the surface, the Clown Doctors do very serious work in the hospitals where they operate, The Annual Ball is vital in contributing to the continuation of the Clown Doctors program. Over $30,000 was raised, what an incredible result! Thank you to event organisers Jan & Paul Stevens-King who do a remarkable job every year, and thank you to everyone who attended the ball. Your support helps set everything straight for a sick child in hospital.
Miles For Smiles Tasmania 3rd-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 Childrens' 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 2012, there will be an increase in the presence of Clown Doctors in hospitals 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 your 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, an 800km trek across Spain during October 2012, 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!