MAZZA, the self-funded volunteer clown, has been given packages of useful items including colouring pencils by Officeworks, Nowra.
The aim of these individual packages is to reduce the spread of germs by having each child receive an individual package.
It is with these goodies along with a beaming smile and an extravagant costume that Mazza will arrive at the children’s ward of the Shoalhaven Hospital to excite the children.
Children shift their thoughts of pain through a technique known as distraction therapy. Laughter and colour not only brighten up a child’s day but distract them from feelings of sadness and pain.
Mazza is a firm believer that “a happy child gets better quicker”.
She not only plays a crucial part in the children’s lives but brings optimism and support to the hospital staff.
“Having the place in high spirits makes it much easier for the kids to relax and be calm,” said nursing manager Colleen Foy.