And we’re off!
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience has officially opened in Perth at Rigby’s Bar, and with it our 2019 Australian tour begins in earnest! New year, new goals, and along with the tour our performers are ready for a whole new year of charity collection for our friends at The Humour Foundation!
During 2018 – our first year as official Clown Doctor fundraisers – our teams managed to collect an incredible $17,537. We’re aiming to better that this year, all in the name of keeping smiles on the faces of children in hospital.
Now, we’ve written about the Humour Foundation before, but if you are wondering what on earth clowns have to do with hospitals, let’s get you up to speed:
The Humour Foundation supplies Clown Doctors, who are professional performers, to the children wings of hospitals across Australia. These performers use their skills to keep little spirits high during their time in hospital – which can often be a less than fun experience. The comedy and entertainment help to distract from the pain, or the scariness, or the downright dull routines, as well as ease nerves on the way into surgery.
Are you feeling as much love as we are for this charity? The Humour Foundation even goes one step further and supplies Elder Clowns who visit residents with dementia in aged care facilities (because everyone could use a laugh).
Our journey to finding this stand-out charity was through our very own original Manuel, Andy Foreman, who moonlights (or daylights, as the case may be) as Dr. 2 Shoes! Andy has dedicated time to this wonderful cause for eight years now and we couldn’t be more pleased to be honouring this work by contributing to the Foundation. As Andy puts it:
“The Humour Foundation does tremendous work and it’s a privilege to be a part of their organisation”
Our artistic director, Alison Pollard-Mansergh, added a few words on collecting for The Humour Foundation:
“This is a charity that really appeals, as it is using specially trained improvisors – Clown Doctors – to work with sick children. We believe absolutely that laughter is a great medicine, so it’s really a good fit and a really good cause.”
And we are so thankful to our generous audiences for contributing to a great cause, and – in a note that often gets missed – we are sincerely grateful to the management of our wonderful venues who allow us to fundraise after each show!
So let’s start with a special shout-out to Rigby’s Bar in Perth for being our first charitable venue in 2019. We truly couldn’t do it without them and venues like them.
If you want to find out more about the Humour Foundation and our previous fundraising click here.
If you are in Perth and hoping to catch our Faulty team do their thing, you can find all the information you need here.