Clown Doctors benefit from some banking clowning around

CLOWNING: Raising funds for Clown Doctors are Commbank Cleveland staff Fran Vincent , Steven Medford, Carly Goodwin, Manager Samantha Laws, Jess Ratcliffe and Karlene Manhire.
CLOWNING: Raising funds for Clown Doctors are Commbank Cleveland staff Fran Vincent , Steven Medford, Carly Goodwin, Manager Samantha Laws, Jess Ratcliffe and Karlene Manhire.

Cleveland CommBank employees dressed up on Smile Day, April 13 as a visual reminder of the work of the Clown Doctors.

Staff held a guessing competition to raise funds and awareness of the Clown Doctors, the core program of The Humour Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that provides medical clowns to sick children in hospital, treating them with a fun and laughter as a different kind of medicine.

Clown Doctors has been CommBank Foundation’s national community grant recipient from 2017-2020.  As such it will receiving $1.2m over three years through the generosity of more than 13,000 Commonwealth Bank employees who regularly donate a portion of their salary.

Donations to the Clown Doctors can be made at any Commonwealth Bank branch in April or online at commbank.com.au/clowndoctors.

“We’ve been supporting the Clown Doctors for more than 19 years, and it’s a cause our team is very passionate about. Through our fundraising, we hope to help Clown Doctors achieve its goal of providing more clown founds in hospitals across Australia,” CommBank Cleveland branch manager, Samantha Laws said.

CEO of Clown Doctors, Tony Cleveland said Clown Doctors brought happiness to all who experienced their magic.

“The smiles, play and laughter will always be needed as long as there are sick children in hospital. These highly trained, medical clowns are also 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, their parents and hospital staff.” he said.