North Shore Times : March 31st 2016
Cycle lane’s traffic woes P4 Study grant aids job prospects P5 North Shore Times Thursday, March 31, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER What’s selling? $760,000 17A Glamorgan Drive, Torbay Cute and cheerful three bedroom home with a large private deck offering multiple entertaining areas, including a spa. Sold byBayleys LongBay Ruth Dudding brings humour and relief to people in all sorts of situations in her work as a clown doctor. PHOTO: EMILY FORD/FAIRFAX NZ Laughter as medicine EMILY FORD Dr Priscilla Pick Me Up brings a prescription of laughter to sick children and the elderly. The clown doctor, aka Ruth Dudding, makes weekly visits with her bright red nose, funky costume and bag of tricks The Mairangi Bay resident has been working as a clown doctor for more than five years, providing light relief for patients at Starship Children’s Hospital and Selwyn rest homes. ‘‘Every single time I go into a hospital or elderly care home I come away with an incredible story,’’ Dudding says. ‘‘We’re not circus clowns with big hair and feet and painted faces, and we’re not birthday clowns. We’re specially trained medical clowns.’’ Dudding’s alter-ego is an exag- gerated persona of herself and she manages to light up children in all situations, from the emergency department to palliative care wards. ‘‘It really tests your ability to read situations. ‘‘We get a lot of information from staff beforehand so we know any sensitivities around family issues or special circumstances.’’ Established in 2009, Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust provides teams of medical clowns to hospitals in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. In March the organisation started sending clowns to Selwyn rest homes to provide relief for elderly residents. While it’s all about giving chil- dren a positive experience of hospital, working in rest homes is completely different, Dudding says. The fun props and over-the-top outfits aren’t as necessary as the ability to interact with the residents. ‘‘We share experiences with them and get as much information about them as we can to find out if they have dementia or loneliness or boredom. ‘‘I’ve heard wonderful stories about people speaking or smiling for the first time in weeks.’’ The trust is reliant on regular donations and is planning a fundraiser quiz night for later in the year. Funding is critical for the organisation to continue providing the service, Dudding says. Clowns have ongoing training, giving them basic medical knowledge and the ability to handle situations. ‘‘Every hospital want to have us there,’’ she says. ‘‘We get very little funding and in some places our visits are hugely reduced.’’ If you want to donate to the trust or for more information about the fundraiser email firstname.lastname@example.org. $957,000 2/30 Newhaven Terrace, Mairangi Bay ClassicKiwi home with three bedrooms plus a study, open plan sunny living areas and expansive decks. Sold byBayleys MairangiBay See Real Estate Outlook inside. $1,770,000 14 Rewiti Ave, Takapuna Elegant heritage Chapman-Taylor house in classic setting. Level 860 square metre site. Close to Takapuna Beach. Heritage – CategoryAlisted. Sold byBayleysTakapuna Put names to friendly faces in your community www.neighbourly.co.nz Join today and meet your neighbours Sold!
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