Local Christine Rule is a great follower of the belief that “Laughter is the Best Medicine” - a conviction that led her to become President and joyful volunteer clown “Flutter-Bye” with Buderim based Sunshine Coast association Coastal Caring Clowns Incorporated who will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.
Since 2001, Coastal Caring Clown members have brought bright days through their regular visits to local hospitals, nursing homes, respite care centres and have participated in a variety of community events from Caloundra to Noosa and into the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
A former legal secretary born in London, Christine first immigrated to Adelaide in 1974 where she married Colin (an Australian) before returning to the UK for a further 19 years to follow her husband’s career.
During this time, Christine noticed how residents at the dementia care home where her father lived positively benefitted through activities brought to them during visits from outside organisations. She also noticed how spirits lifted when Christine played nostalgic music to entertain patients during her own visits.
Watching Coastal Caring Clowns during an Australia Day parade at Buderim on her return to Australia inspired Christine to become a clown herself.
“A visit by a caring clown gives permission for people of all ages to enjoy a sense of play, where they can feel like a child. Giving of your time, to just listen and to acknowledge their situation, share their pain or just have a good belly laugh brings psychological joy for many” says Christine.
Always keen to recruit more clowning volunteers, Christine would be pleased to hear from anyone who may be interested and can be contacted on Tel: 5456 2484. A $25 membership fee applies for either an associate or clown member.