Bank cre­ates fun for funds

Myrtleford Times - - News -

LO­CAL Com­mon­wealth Bank em­ploy­ees have re­cently clowned around at the of­fice to help raise funds for the Clown Doc­tors.

Clown Doc­tors is part of the Hu­mour Foun­da­tion, a not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion treat­ing chil­dren with the medicine of fun and laugh­ter.

Staff mem­bers from bank branches at Myrtle­ford and Mt Beauty wore their best clown cos­tumes on Fri­day, April 13 to raise money for the foun­da­tion that aims to put smiles on sick chil­dren’s faces.

The pro­gram is the Com­mBank Foun­da­tion’s Na­tional Com­mu­nity Grant re­cip­i­ent for 2017-2020 with more than 13,000 em­ploy­ees gen­er­ously do­nat­ing a por­tion of their salaries to bring in $1.2mil­lion over three years for the Clown Doc­tors.

Mt Beauty branch man­ager Meryn Deans said the Clown Doc­tors was some­thing her team felt very pas­sion­ately about and has sup­ported the ini­tia­tive for 19 years.

The Myrtle­ford Com­mon­wealth Bank was also more than happy to get on-board.

“We hope we have helped the Clown Doc­tors achieve their goal of pro­vid­ing more Clown Rounds in hos­pi­tals across Aus­tralia,” branch man­ager Mandy Shilton said.

Clown Doc­tors chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tony Warner said the pro­gram brings hap­pi­ness to all who ex­pe­ri­ence the magic.

“The smiles, play and laugh­ter will al­ways be needed for as long as we have sick chil­dren in hospi­tal,” he said.

“Th­ese highly trained, med­i­cal clowns are pro­fes­sional per­form­ers who spread ‘doses’ of fun and laugh­ter through­out the wards.

“We’re so grate­ful to Com­mBank and the com­mu­nity for their sup­port in rais­ing much needed funds to help Clown Doc­tors con­tinue to uplift and em­power sick chil­dren.”

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