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How and where started:

  Clowns have worked in hospitals since the time of Hippocrates. The entire front page of Le Petit Journal of 13 Sept 1908 is given to a drawing of clowns working in a hospital. Dr Patch Adams put on a red clown nose as he worked in hospital 32 years ago.   Professional clown doctors began working in hospitals in 1986 under a program called the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, which was started by Michael Christensen in New York City. Clown Doctor programs now operate in Australia, USA, UK, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Israel, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Finland, Hong Kong, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey and Belarus (NB this list may well be incomplete).   The Clown Doctors use their skills such as magic, balloon sculpting, storytelling and other clowning skills to treat children with doses of fun to help them deal with the range of emotions they may experience while in hospital — fear, anxiety, loneliness, boredom.   The emphasis is on interaction with the patients and their families, rather than entertainment. ‘Clown rounds’ benefit the whole hospital community.  

Laughter is a ‘wonder drug’ that:

   

Jeca the Clown has a Dream!

  For about three years, JECA was so happy to be part of a charity project called “The Make Believers.” Very special need kids got a day in a huge house with a lot of activities and also got JECA to entertain them. He was so happy to bring smiles to those kids and parents whose lives were so difficult that, when the project ended, he has been trying to do something else for these children.  

The Healing Smile Project:

  The Healing Smile is a project where Clown Jeca will be use his skills such as magic, balloon sculpting, storytelling and other clowning skills to treat children with doses of fun to help   Them deal with the range of emotions they may experience while in hospital — fear, anxiety, loneliness, boredom. The emphasis is on interaction with the patients and their families, rather than entertainment. ‘Clown rounds’ benefit the whole hospital community. The Healing Smile project is just the beginning of a big dream – See more at: http://bloghealingsmile.tumblr.com/ The Healing Smile is a project where Clown Jeca will be use his skills such as magic, balloon sculpting, storytelling and other clowning skills to treat children with doses of fun to help them deal with the range of emotions they may experience while in hospital — fear, anxiety, loneliness, boredom. The emphasis is on interaction with the patients and their families, rather than entertainment. ‘Clown rounds’ benefit the whole hospital community. The Healing Smile project is just the beginning of a big dream – See more at: http://bloghealingsmile.tumblr.com/ Jeca the Clown is a friendly, happy clown that looks to bring smiles and positive memories to the faces of kids and adults alike. Jeca plays many roles in the local community and is currently leading Project called Healing Smile. Project Healing Smile is a charity project that works with local children’s hospitals and paediatric units to not only brighten a sick child’s day, but make their journey to health and wellness just a little bit easier and more enjoyable. With so many more tricks up Jeca the Clown’s sleeve, Jeca also offers mural painting for the walls of the children’s ward or individual rooms. The bright murals are positive, upbeat and lift spirits with each and every view.   Jeca the Clown also works with local schools, day-care programs and afterschool programs to mentor young children and teach them healthy and safe ways to have fun with their peers. With Jeca the Clown around, education takes a fresh turn for the better. Jeca enjoys connecting with the children and having the privilege of being the highlight of their day.   If you’re interested in contact Jeca the Clown or would like to know more about how Project Healing Smile is working to better the sick children of our community and make a difference in the world, please reach out to us by contacting us here. Remember, the world will be a happier place to live if we all just take it one smile at a time and are kind to others along the way!         [/pt_text][/pt_column][/pt_row][/pt_section]
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