4 April, 2023
Clowning up for a cause
WORKERS at Commonwealth Bank branches across Australia, including Atherton and Mareeba, dressed up in colourful clown attire last Friday to raise funds for the Clown Doctors, a program that provides professional “medical clowns” to help uplift sick kids by delivering doses of laughter and joy in hospitals.
In 2022, 67 Clown Doctors across Australia delivered doses of fun and laughter to over 230,000 kids, families and hospital staff.
This year, during Humour Foundation’s Smile Month from Friday 31 March and Friday 28 April, Commonwealth branches across the country will host a variety of fundraising events and collect customer donations.
To celebrate the start of Smile Month, the Mareeba and Atherton branches opened its doors to the community last Friday in support for the Clown Doctors and staff dressed in their colour clown props while collecting donations.
Mareeba Commonwealth Bank branch manager Luci Richards said the staff was happy to support Smile Month and raise money for Clown Doctors.
“We’re proud to be gifting smiles of all shapes and sizes again in 2023 as we continue our 20-plus-year history of supporting the Clown Doctors and the work they do to help sick kids,” she said.
“Our fundraising for The Humour Foundation is something we love doing as a team and we encourage our local community to get involved and learn about the incredible work the Clown Doctors do for kids in need.”
CEO of The Humour Foundation Tony Warner commended the Commonwealth Bank’s ongoing commitment to helping the Clown Doctors.
“No child or family wants to spend time in hospital away from home, despite receiving brilliant care from medical professionals,” Mr Warner said.