The Humour Foundation is an Australian charity dedicated to promoting and delivering the health benefits of humour. The creation of the Clown Doctors program produced a new and unique way to deliver the benefits of laughter to those who need it most.
It was due to the vision of a performer who wanted to use his talents to give something back to the community, and a general practitioner who believed deeply in the benefits of humour, that in 1996, together with six founding members, this remarkable program was created. Clown Doctors is one of the first organisations to benefit from the assistance of Hyundai Help for Kids. We saw an opportunity to partner in a program which shows immediate results – a simple smile on the face of a sick or injured child and their family really is priceless.
Currently over 100,000 people are touched by the Clown Doctors service every year. By dispensing huge doses of fun and laughter into the wards where children are away from the comfort of home and the love of their family and friends, Clown Doctors address the psychosocial needs of the child in hospital in a unique way. Parodying the hospital routine, the Clown Doctors help children feel less traumatised by medical procedures with oversized medical equipment, ‘red-nose’ transplants, ‘cat’ scans, humour checks, and funny bone examinations all part of the fun. By exaggerating intimidating jargon and procedures, fear and anxiety are reduced.
Hyundai Help for Kids is proud to be supporting The Humour Foundation so that they can reach their aim of providing Clown Doctors in all major children’s hospitals around Australia seven days a week.