Clown Doctors need your help on Smile Day

1 April 2011, Sydney: Clown Doctors are today celebrating Smile Day, their national fundraising day, raising money to bring more smiles to sick kids across Australia.

Each year, Clown Doctors help lighten the serious side of hospital for more than 135,000 people in the hospital community through diversion therapy – parodying the hospital routine and with laughter, jokes and songs for sick children.

Commonwealth Bank, through its Staff Community Fund, have proudly supported Clown Doctors since 1999. Last year alone, the Bank donated more than $140,000 to Smile Day through staff contributions and also opened its network of over 1,000 branches to accept public donations.

Trent Moy, Commonwealth Bank General Manager Community, said the Bank is proud to again support Clown Doctors and bring the gift of laughter to even more sick children.

“The staff at Commonwealth Bank are passionate advocates of the Clown Doctors and understand the value they bring to not only kids, but families and hospitals nationally. We are excited to once again be a part of this tremendous program,” said Trent.

Ian Doig, Fundraising Officer for The Humour Foundation, said Commonwealth Bank plays a vital role in supporting the Clown Doctors and The Humour Foundation.

“Receiving no government support, Clown Doctors rely on generous donations from the public as well as ongoing support from organisations like Commonwealth Bank.

“With the help of Commonwealth Bank, we have broadened our reach from a small New South Wales charity to a national charity operating our program in 20 hospitals around Australia,” said Ian.

People can donate to the Clown Doctors today and throughout April at any Commonwealth Bank branch or online at


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For more information contact:

Adam Welch

P: 02 9118 2956 / M: 0478 307 204


About the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund: 

Founded in 1917 and funded entirely by Commonwealth Bank staff, Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund is Australia’s longest running employee contribution program. The Fund is supported by 8,500 current and retired bank staff, who make regular salary contributions to support children’s charities. Every dollar in the Fund goes to charities and organisations that support Aussie kids in need.