Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) and The Humour Foundation’s Clown Doctors will be bringing laughter from the wards of Gosford Hospital to our local roads from October 22 to 25 when the 2019 Clown Doctors Roadside Appeal gets underway.
All funds raised from the annual Appeal will stay on the Central Coast and will help the Clown Doctors continue their monthly visits to Gosford Hospital.
“While our expert teams work to care for patients with medicines and therapies, the Clown Doctors provide that important dose of fun which can transform how treatment is received,” said CCLHD Director of Women, Children and Families, Louise Waymouth.
“Distraction is a powerful tool and the Clown Doctors are masters in this, using the magic of jokes, songs and play to replace fear, discomfort and sometimes even pain with smiles and laughter.
“The difference that this makes to the children that we see is incredible.
“It allows them to just be kids during a time when they are surrounded by so much unfamiliarity.
“For our adult patients, this joy is just as evident as the Clown Doctors ease stress and encourage different perspectives and conversations on our wards and in our clinics,” Waymouth said.
As part of the appeal volunteers will be donating their time to run fundraising collections points in Tascott, Wamberal and Kanwal over the Appeal’s four days.
“Watch out for their colourful wigs, bright pink collection buckets, tap-and-go EFTPOS machines and signature Clown Doctors coats and cut-out smiles,” Waymouth said.
“This is our fourth year of the Clown Doctors Roadside Appeal and each year we are blown away by the support that comes from the Central Coast community.
“Coasties are so generous in their donations and are always keen to have a laugh with us on the side of the road. It’s always a great few days for us,” said Ian Doig, Fundraising Manager at The Humour Foundation.
Media release, Oct 15
Central Coast Health