Far­sons em­ploy­ees raise funds for Dr Klown

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

A sum of €1,000 col­lected by Far­sons em­ploy­ees was re­cently pre­sented to Dr Klown, a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing clown doc­tor ser­vices at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal.

Upon the ini­tia­tive of Alexia Tabone, a con­tes­tant in this year’s Miss World Malta and also a nurse, em­ploy­ees were en­cour­aged to get their nose on in ex­change for a do­na­tion. The gen­er­ous sum col­lected by the em­ploy­ees was topped up by the com­pany.

“Laugh­ter is truly the best medicine and its heal­ing power must not be un­der­es­ti­mated. We are proud of our em­ploy­ees who have em­braced this ac­tiv­ity and do­nated whole­heart­edly,” said An­toinette Caru­ana, Group HR man­ager and com­pany sec­re­tary.

Dr Klown was set up in 2010 when a group of peo­ple with a sim­i­lar goal came to­gether and trans­formed a dream into re­al­ity in set­ting up this NGO. A train­ing pro­gramme was set out for as­pir­ing clown doc­tors to­gether with a multi-dis­ci­plinary team of pro­fes­sion­als. What started off as a pi­lot project is now evolv­ing into a grow- ing NGO that prides it­self in de­liv­er­ing hu­mour.

Clown doc­tors are vol­un­teers from ev­ery walk of life that are ar­tis­ti­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally trained to en­ter­tain chil­dren in hos­pi­tal. For clown doc­tors, it is the person that mat­ters, not the ill­ness. Even when chil­dren are very sick they are still chil­dren and clown doc­tors can help them for­get they are sick for a mo­ment. Just a smile is enough for the clown doc­tors to know that they have helped.

Clown doc­tors visit chil­dren in their beds or stay with them while they are hav­ing treat­ment. They “play with the mo­ment” and im­pro­vise around each child’s situation and in­ter­ests. Chil­dren are en­cour­aged to join in but some­times they just want to watch. Fam­i­lies and staff are also in­cluded in the fun.

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