Mawaheb: Workshop and performance

On June 11, 2015 we headed to Mawaheb from Beautiful People, Bastakiya Art studio for adults with special needs to lead a comedy, circus & dance workshop complete with a grand finale performance byBeatbox Ray. It was such a wonderful afternoon and we thank everyone who helped!

Please do check out their artwork (which is also on sale) athttp://www.mawaheb-dubai.com/

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Annual Community Party & Performance

Another year, another excuse to party!

On Saturday April 18 at Time Grand Plaza Hotel, we had the pleasure of hosting our 2nd Annual Clowns Who Care Xtravaganza Party and performance celebrating the wonderful special needs community. Children of all ages, and their families, from around the U.A.E. attended. It was nice for them to be able to come together from different areas and schools to a beautiful venue to have fun, dance, take part in activities, each a delicious lunch and be entertained for the afternoon.

Many thanks to all the volunteers, performers and artists, activity leaders, Time Hotels, Barakat – Fresh & Easy, Action Care and everyone who helped bring more joy to the community!

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For more photos click HERE

Hospital Humor Program

Golisano Children’s Hospital: A Day to Remember
By Mina Liccione

After many months of planning, emails, meetings and approvals, I was thrilled to finally start our outreach Hospital Humor Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Though I reside in Dubai, I return to New York throughout the year and will make regular visits during each trip.

The day started out with a creative workshop with a group of young inpatients, some parents, and interns, in the colorful communal activity room. I entered the space and introduced myself as “Dr. Mina La-la-lee-lee-lu-lu-shnee-nee-pssst.” I then explained that “some doctors specialize in feet, some in the spine, but I specialize in the funny bone! And today I am going to make sure your funny bones are healthy!”

We then did a series of rhythm and funny face exercises, improv’ comedy games and circus skills. I ended the workshop with a solo physical comedy, song and tap dance performance dedicated to the children. I gave them all big hugs while joyfully saying “the next time I come back to the hospital I don’t want to see you! I’d rather come visit you at your home instead and we’ll play there!”

Then it was time to make clown rounds to the rooms of those who couldn’t come to the workshop. I had the great privilege of meeting, and sharing laughs, with many young patients. My heart was heavy as their smiles grew. In those moments life made sense. The reason why I am a comedian, and an artist, made sense. I felt my higher purpose thrive every time a tiny giggle emerged. We often forget just how much of an impact we can have on others. Something as small as making someone laugh, telling a story with funny character voices, singing a lullaby or putting on clown noses and pretend to sneeze is just what the doctor ordered!

Spirits were raised.

Laughs were shared.

Friendships were made.

It is in moments like this that life makes sense. A moment of clarity, when you are living your higher purpose and helping someone through a painful time. It was an honor to spend this precious time with the patients and their families.

I can’t wait until my next trip to New York!

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Iftar and Story-telling Evening

We organized a very special Iftar for the wonderful residents, and staff, of the SENSES Center for children with special needs on Sunday, July 20.

The event began with a traditional potluck iftar followed by a performance entitled Arabian Story Hour. The show consisted of comical tales and a new rendition of the classic clown routine Pea Soup performed by Mona, Ray and Omar and directed by Mina.

Everyone had a wonderful time and we thank the many volunteers who donated their time, energy and delicious dishes. In addition, we would like to express our gratitude to Barakat for sponsoring fresh juices and fruit salads.

All the remaining dry food, snacks and juice boxes were left for SENSES Center to use. The extra rice, meat, yogurt and donuts were delivered, and distributed, to a near by Labor Camp in Al Barsha. Many smiles were created that night!

To stay in the loop, please like our page: www.facebook.com/clownswhocare or join our mailing list by sending an email to LOL@dubomedy.com. Regular events will resume in September.

Photos by Abel Fernandes and Ayesha Fernandes. To see the full album click HERE.

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Turning a sad day into a beautiful day- Playshop at Mawaheb

We all have certain days of the year that remind us of sad things that happened in our lives. Whether it be painful memories of a tragic incident or happy memories spent with a loved one who has passed away. We had wanted to visit Mawaheb studio the first week that they were back to school and we always go on a Tuesday. Upon looking at the calendar we realized that Tuesday was 9/11. 9/11 is indeed a day of remembrance and for some of us a very sad and reflective day. There’s an old saying “the best way to cheer oneself is to cheer another” and that is just what we did. As always, it proved to be a wonderful day of laughter and gratitude. So on those sad days, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect then take the next moment to help someone else. Take your pain and transform it into something joyous….. the rewards are greater than you can ever imagine.

Mawaheb from Beautiful People is an art school for teen and adult artists with special needs. The staff, teachers and students are extremely talented and passionate. Their art is from the heart. If you’d like to check out their studio, purchase art work or learn more about them click here: http://www.facebook.com/Mawahebart

Comedy acting class – the students watch each other present their funny solos

We worked on balancing skills. Here we were teaching the students the flick kick and catch trick.

Time to juggle!

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