‘All you need is a good laugh’
No age limit applies when spreading happiness around
SPREADING smiles, laughter and happiness is in George Farmer’s DNA.
At 70 years old, the Little Mountain resident better known as “Rocco” still lives a very full life and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
The president of Coastal Caring Clowns has undoubtedly had a big impact on the lives of many, which is evident by his recent recognition as 2017 Senior Citizen of the Year in the Council’s awards.
Mr Farmer said aged care was a big part of what drove him to be a part of the volunteer group.
“I started working in aged care and I found out laughter was very helpful for people with dementia,” he said.
He continues to work part-time in aged care while also carrying out his presidential Caring Clowns commitments.
“I enjoy what I do,” he said.
“I think doing the volunteer work and being involved in other people’s lives keeps me young.”
Mr Farmer has been involved in the group since 2001.
“There was a workshop of clowning and I wanted to get involved,” he said.
“I’ve been on the committee before and now I’m in my third year of presidency.
“Now I’m clowning nearly every day in a week.”
Coastal Caring Clowns has been an institution in happiness on the Coast for more than 16 years, with time mainly spent at Nambour General Hospital.
A few months ago the clowns were given the opportunity to expand the feel-good service by working their magic at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
“People are not always in very good situations, but in that moment it’s like a window opens and they’re not sick anymore,” Mr Farmer said.
“It also helps the healing process for many patients.
“It is very rewarding – you can share your caring in a very colourful way.”
After years of hard work, Mr Farmer is your average quiet achiever.
This year he was honoured when two fellow Caring Clowns nominated him as Senior Citizen of the Year.
“A lady who worked with us thought she would propose me,” he said.
“I only learnt about it when the council emailed me to ask if I’d accept the nomination.”
Much to Mr Farmer’s surprise, he won the coveted award.
“It’s overwhelming when you see so many people alongside you who do such good work in the community,” he said.
“Our community was wonderful.
“People who don’t even know me came up to congratulate me.
“It drives me to do even more and do even better.”
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❝ Volunteer work and being involved in other people’s lives keeps me young. — George Farmer
HAPPY DAYS: George Farmer of Coastal Caring Clowns embraces life.