Lions Club news: supporting the Clown Doctors

ANOTHER of the Tasmanian charities that the New Norfolk Lions Club supports is the Clown Doctors.

Imagine being a sick or injured child 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.

Clown Doctors are able to take some of this away and make hospital an OK place to be! Clown Doctors are “medical” clowns – highly trained, professional performers who spread doses of fun and laughter throughout the hospital.

They 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.

Funds raised in Tasmania support Clown Doctors at the Royal Hobart Hospital, the North-West Regional Hospital and Launceston General Hospital to lighten the hospital environment, helping parents, family members, hospital staff and most importantly – the patients.

If you would like to support the clown doctors, you don’t need to wait until you see them clowning around and collecting funds at the side of the road, you can donate through The Humour Foundation – Clown Doctor website.

NOTE: Due to the coronavirus situation, The Humour Foundation has suspended its traditional Clown Doctor visits but remains committed to doing all it can to stay connected with everyone; seeking to create and deliver new ways of working including innovative approaches currently being trialled.

Lions Australia. We serve (more than sausages).

All local clubs and organisations are welcome to share their news. Email newnorfolknews@gmail.com.

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