Mapfre Mid­dle­sea com­mends clown doc­tors for their noble ges­ture

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Mapfre Mid­dle­sea is proud to sup­port Dr Klown Malta – a not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion aimed at bring­ing some joy to chil­dren in hospi­tal.

A group of vol­un­teers use their time off work to go round chil­dren’s wards at Mater Dei Hospi­tal, help­ing the pa­tients for­get the pain, at least for a lit­tle while. The or­gan­i­sa­tion, based on the con­cept in­tro­duced by physi­cian and comic re­lief worker Patch Adams, was founded in Malta in 2011. Since then, about 20 vol­un­teers have un­der­gone rig­or­ous train­ing to be­come clown doc­tors.

On 17 Oc­to­ber, the or­gan­i­sa­tion held the Kids & Klowns Day at Mater Dei Hospi­tal, for which Pres­i­dent Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at­tended. The event, sup­ported by Mapfre Mid­dle­sea, in­cluded en­ter­tain­ment for chil­dren and prac­ti­cal work­shops for par­ents. Psy­chother­a­pist Ed­ward Curmi led a work­shop about deal­ing well with hos­pi­talised chil­dren, while an­other work­shop, led by clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Gabriella Cas­sar fo­cused on the sib­lings of a child who is in hospi­tal.

Chil­dren had the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in im­pro­vi­sa­tion, magic, fig­ure bal­loons and pup­petry ses­sions. Lo­cal artists Am­ber, Gaia, Michela and Michael Voce Bianca, as well as harpist Es­mer­alda Galea Camil­leri per­formed for at­ten­dees.

“Such an ini­tia­tive adds some laugh­ter and colour to an oth­er­wise heart­break­ing con­text. Th­ese vol­un­teers use their free time to help pa­tients and that is such a noble ges­ture. Mapfre Mid­dle­sea def­i­nitely sup­ports that,” said Fer­nando Decampo, as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager.

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