Unfortunately, Australian kids make approximately 2.5 million visits to hospitals around the country each year…Fortunately, some of them have Clown Doctors!
Sophie is the awesome person in the video (not the two interrupters in the background…). She’s been our mate for 12 years! Sophie knows her stuff about being a kid in hospital and what a difference Clown Doctors make.
Will you donate today so that every Aussie kid who has to visit hospital can have their mates, the Clown Doctors, by their side?
Here’s a letter to make your day better! (From Sophie to all of the Clown Doctors!)
By parodying the hospital routine with jokes, songs, magic and play, Clown Doctors engage kids at their bedside – helping them to adapt to hospital life.
Clown Doctors work in partnership with medical professionals to divert children during painful procedures, calm and distract in emergency, encourage and assist during occupational therapy and physiotherapy and improve the quality of life of some of the most vulnerable members of our community; sick and injured kids.
Using humour therapy Clown Doctors lighten the hospital environment, helping parents, family members, hospital staff and most importantly – patients!
Have you imagined being sick or injured in hospital? It isn’t great. You are surrounded by unfamiliar people, smells and medical equipment. You are away from family, friends and the comfort of your home – subjected to poking, prodding, tests and painful treatments. You also have no say over this.
Clown Doctors are able to take some of this away and make hospital an OK place to be! They assist in the emotional healing and empowerment of patients and ease the stress of their families and hospital staff.
The Humour Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all workers to share in this commitment. We are currently undergoing Safeguarding Children accreditation with the Australian Childhood Foundation.