The Gollcher Charity Walk 2019 – In aid of Dr. Klown

The Gollcher Group is organising an event in aid of Dr. Klown Malta. Dr. Klown is a Maltese Registered NGO set up in 2010. They are active at Mater Dei Hospital and the General Hospital in Gozo.

Join us for the 6th Edition of the Gollcher Charity Walk on the 1st May 2019 from Tigullio in St. Julians to the Black Pearl in Ta’ Xbiex. Registration commences at 8.15am near Tigullio. The walk starts at 9.00am. Step by Step we can make a difference.

The event is open to all. Feel free to invite your family & friends and share this event!

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A Manager for Dr Klown

Description of the tasks

The Manager will be involved in all aspects of the organisation, assisted by the Coordinator, the Support Team, the Operations Officer and the Development Officer, each in their specific areas of responsibility.

 

S/he will be responsible for areas such as, but not limited to:

  • Development of strategy and policies, preparation of the Annual General Meeting and Annual Report to the Commissioner of Voluntary Services, updates of the Dr Klown Manual of Procedures
  • Contacts with sponsors, individual benefactors, government entities, schools, hospital management (MDH and Gozo General Hospital), Malta Council for Voluntary Services, etc.
  • Administration: Accounts, reports, fund applications, general correspondence, etc.
  • PR, Marketing and Fund raising: Events, representation of the association at official occasions, speeches, meetings, leaflets, flyers, brochures, banners, website, Facebook page etc.
  • Logistics: Purchasing, props, Dressing Room cabin, storage etc.
  • The Creative and Human Resources aspects of the organisation will remain the responsibilities of the President respectively the Vice-President.

 

The task requires an average of around 20 hours a week, weekdays and weekends, with occasional meetings during the evening hours, but vary in intensity during the year.

 

Remuneration:

This rare bird would be a volunteer, most probably a recently retired person with management experience. Remuneration would consist of an interesting activity, respect from inside and outside the association, a lot of interesting contacts and the prospect of growing with the organisation.

 

Selection criteria for a Manager

This is our full wish list! It’s very unlikely we’ll find anyone who matches all criteria, but the closer we get, the better. Some criteria are ESSENTIAL, must-haves (marked in red in the list below), other criteria are nice to have.

Selection Criteria:

Knowledge:

  • Familiar with all aspects of running a business: Admin, accounting, marketing (fund raising specifically), human resources, legal aspects.
  • Good Maltese and English, spoken and written
  • Knowing the laws governing NGO’s is a plus

 

Skills:

  • Leadership, in a participative style
  • Presentation skills and a flair for representing the NGO at all levels, a warm hearted charismatic speaker, able to enthuse people
  • Skills in giving positive feedback as well as constructive criticism
  • Organising skills
  • Being organized in his/her own work
  • Able to communicate and create rapport with people of all walks of life
  • Constructive negotiation skills
  • A good pen, a flair for words
  • Fair user skills of office software (Word, Excel, Outlook) and social media (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Feeling for style, presentation of content in a professional way

 

Attitudes:

  • Common Sense
  • Maturity, loads of life experience
  • Living the values of Dr Klown, especially: Respect for all, free of discriminating feelings, love for the unfortunate, professionalism.
  • A passion for client satisfaction, both the child-patients and our sponsors/donateurs
  • A passion for achieving goals, get results
  • Decisive and effective
  • Empathetic, but just and strict
  • An eye for the long term, extremely hesitant to create precedents or make exceptions
  • Positive but not naïve

 

All criteria marked in red are definite requirements in order to be considered for the task. The selection process will consist of interviews with Committee Members and a psychological evaluation, estimated to take place in April – June 2019. If this position is what you are looking for and you fulfil all must-have criteria, we’re eager to receive your Application Form, attached; send it to [email protected] and we’ll contact you.

Click HERE to get your application, fill in and send to the President of Dr Klown.

Are you a tough but tender person?

What does it take to be a clown doctor?

  • A mature Personality, fun loving, with empathy to understand the hardships of life and able to deal with strong emotions
  • Available at least two half days a month in late afternoons and weekends, for a minimum of five years
  • Committed to give priority to regularly visit hospital, participate in training and events over personal, family or social activities.
  • Talent for improvisation, joyful play acting, dancing and singing, being silly and comical, music, mime, humor, magic…

 

We are looking for reliable team players, who stick to agreed schedules and hospital rules, stay focused on their buddy clown and the sick child and are open to peers for constructive feedback.

 

The following criteria are must-haves:

  • A poised, stable and mature personality
  • An urge to clown and entertain children
  • Verbally fluent, in both Maltese and English
  • Familiar with the use of e-mail and Facebook
  • Willing to work as a volunteer
  • Aged between 25 and 65
  • Able to submit a police conduct

 

Other requirements:

  • A creative mind
  • An infectious laugh
  • An optimistic character
  • Taking volunteer work seriously, a real commitment, like a job
  • Regularly available during weekdays from 5:00 pm (latest) and weekends (mornings or afternoons)
  • At least Higher Secondary Education
  • Good health, no allergies, not prone to infections
  • Easy transport to Mater Dei Hospital

 

 

If you fulfil ALL must-have criteria and most of the other requirements, you are very welcome to send your Application Form (click here) before 15 March 2019 to Christine Sleypen, [email protected]

 

Applicants who fit the profile will be invited to an Information session before entering a thorough selection process with interviews and psychological tests. The initial training programme takes a full year (twice a month, Saturday mornings and weekday evenings). All applications will be treated with strict confidence.

 

 

2017 Annual Report Dr Klown

Dr Klown has published its 2017 Annual Report which showed steady and controlled growth during the year. More Klown Doctors, improved clown skills, more visits to
children in hospital, sound finances, and an active Support Team. The report shows how the objectives set for the year 2017 were broadly achieved.

Download the complete report below:
Annual Report Dr Klown 2017 final 6 Jan 2018.compressed

Dr Klown Day

To celebrate its 6th year in Malta, Dr KIown are organising a fun-filled ‘’Dr Klown Day’’ with the aim of increasing public awareness about our organisation. Over the past 6 years, Klown Doctors has visited over 10,000 children, bringing them relief from pain, stress and boredom in local hospital wards. This year we would like to invite all children in the primary school age group to join Dr Klown, in a Parade on the St Julians – Sliema promenade.

This event will consist of an informal parade of children dressed as clowns (accessories or coloured clothing are enough – no need for a full costume), while they are accompanied by a parent/carer. Fun is definitely guaranteed, as children will have the opportunity to meet the Klown doctors, Disney characters, clowns, and also get their hands on figure balloons while dancing to the parade music!
Participants will show their solidarity with sick children through placards, banners and drawings, which they can prepare at home with adult help.
The event is also supported by:

  • H.E. The President of Malta,
  • The Commissioner of Children,
  • Ms Mac Namara – Director General for Education and Employment,
  • Rev. Dr Charles Mallia – Delegate for Catholic Education,
  • HSBC Malta Foundation,
  • The Farsons Foundation,
  • Scouts Group San Giljan,
  • San Giljan Local Council

Andre Schembri’ & Apollon FC supporting Dr Klown!

More than 700 clowns at Mellieha Primary School

May 9, Mellieha primary School celebrated Clown Day. All students and staff came to school wearing colourful clown costumes. There were over 700 clowns at school.
Says Ms Cordina: “The main aim was to help lift the spirits and boost the morale of our students who not always have an easy life. We also managed to raise more awareness about Dr Klown, the clown doctors who visit children in hospital to ease away the pain children feel while in hospital.

It is important to instil the value of helping those in need from a very young age. Life is not always easy, but it is always beautiful. It depends on how you look at things. Life is what you make it and it can be as colourful as you want to.”
We thank the school for their continued support!

Patch Adams Conference

A group of 8 Dr Klown volunteers visited a 2-day workshop followed by a Conference by Dr Hunter “Patch” Adams in Genova, well known from the film “Patch” in which he was impersonated by the late Robin Williams. The workshop was attended by 140 clown doctors, mainly from Italy, whilst the Conference attracted a public of 880 people, clown doctors as well as medical doctors, nurses, volunteers.

It was a revealing experience for all of us, and we thank the MCCF for supporting us to make it possible for our delegation to attend such once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

We also met with other Clown Doctor NGO’s with whom we plan to keep contact to exchange ideas and good practices.

Clown Skills Seminar a success

The clown skills training seminar for the Klown Doctors, held 4 and 5 February, under the leadership of Mr John Wright, Artistic Director, London, taught us new skills and deepened our insight in what it means to be a Clown. We are already introducing these new techniques during our visits to the children’s wards in MDH.
2017 Seminar JW group exercise 2