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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:
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.
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.
All Dr Klown volunteers gathered to discuss possibilities to improve the services delivered to children in hospital and ways to enhance co-operation and the smooth running of the Association. Many ideas were brought forward that will be implemented over the coming year.