NSW - The Humour Foundation
The $4004.00 grant provided by the SITA Community Grants program will go towards delivering four Clown Doctor visits to The Children Hospital at Westmead in Western Sydney.
Primarily, the Clown Doctors delivers its service to children between the ages of 0-18 with a variety of illnesses. The Clown Doctors impact children who are bedridden and non-mobile, those in palliative care palliative or with terminal illnesses, sick children with mental health issues, out patients and children hospitalised for short or long periods of time. Additionally, the Clown Doctors program also benefits parents, siblings and family members by encouraging them to remain strong and positive. And finally, this inspiring program also benefits hospital staff, such as doctors and nurses, as the Clown Doctors work alongside these health professionals, enabling them to increase efficiency in performing invasive procedures.
The Humour Foundation CEO, Melinda Farrell, said, "The Clown Doctors do not receive any hospital or government funding and relies on the generosity of the community and businesses like SITA to keep the Clown Doctors delivering fun, smiles and laughter to the bedside of sick and vulnerable in hospital."
"The grant will help relieve the fear, anxiety and pain of over 200 seriously-ill children, families and hospital staff. The funding granted by SITA is vital to ensuring we can continue to empower sick children in hospital so they can emotionally heal, cope and recover from their illnesses."