Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms

by SOLEIL ROUGE
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Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms
Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms

We met the clowns behind the window of our bedroom in hospital. My son was three years old. He was scared of clowns and he could look at them only through the window. This first contact was then somehow shy.

Over the course of the games, traps, jokes, videos and laughter, a relationship got built. It became a ritual: "Mom, when are the clowns coming?" Then a date: "Mom, are we going to the hospital tomorrow? Awesome! "

Thanks to the clowns, we have the right to do silly things, like water fights in the corridors or to dismantle the equipment. We take ownership of the place in a positive way.

At the time the clowns arrive, it's fun for everyone! Children forget for once the hospital and parents have the right to let their guard down for a while and let themselves be carried away by the situation.

After three years, the hospital is no longer scary. Thank you!

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Introductory message from the Clowns:

“Anna is a girl that the Clowns of Soleil Rouge know since many years. We played a lot with her in hospital, sometimes in very difficult times. We learnt she is now doing fundraising to help our non-profit organization. We would like to thank for her support and for the message she wrote about us. Thanks, Anna, we love you very much”.

- The clowns -

 

Message from Anna:

“The clowns are not just one persons that make us laugh thanks to their red nose.

To manage to do this job, they must be big-hearted people. When they come in our room in hospital, they know how to make us laugh, or simply make us smile, even if we are not in a good shape.

They are also not only here for us: they make our parents smile and give them the strength to support us.

Help the clowns to do us good; donation is available to you. Think that being sick, or going through hard times, do not happen only to others.

My name is Anna, I’m 14 years old and I fight against sickness since I am 1 month old. I lost my father when I was 13, and clowns are there to manage to make me smile despite all my sufferings."

- Anna -

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March 2020, containment happens, lives tighten-up to the bottom line: staying healthy. The clowns of Soleil Rouge are no longer authorized to visit children in hospital. Used to hygiene guidelines and barrier gestures, we first cannot understand why we can no longer make children laugh.

The lives of hospitalized children are already focused on basics, cut off from what usually feeds them, like outings, games, meetings. They are sometimes in sterile room, seeing only their parents and in an impressing attire, with closed overalls, mask, cap, cover shoes.
We do not want to stand back: how to share our energies and our desire to brighten the days of sick children? How to keep the precious link with children already confined by being in hospital?

We therefore decide to create WhatsApp groups with sick children, families and caregivers: each one will receive a video call from clowns on the same days as our usual visits. Those videos are also posted on our Facebook page.

Families spread the word with other families in hospital and send back also films of their own child imitating clowns or laughing while watching our nonsense.

Clowns ring on the screen. We are 3 on the call: 2 clowns and 1 child, each in its own window, but in one single game and one common energy! Despite the technical constraints, clowns and children find out how to play, and we share again our laughter and our impulses!

"In his hospital room, a young boy shows us how he climbs onto his bed. Clown Mozzarella sends him a pearl necklaces, as a rope, to help the perilous ascent. The young climber catches the rope, but Clown Rosalie finds this equipment weird and asks the child to send it to her for check: when the rope arrives in the hands of Rosalie, it's spaghettis (luckily pasta without sauce!)”

Magically, clowns and children create virtually new fancy stories, which make us all happy.

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Testimony of Victor and his parents regarding Soleil Rouge hospital clowns

"At first, I didn't like the clowns. They made me scared. And then, we tamed each other. Through the window, then at the foot of the bed – dressed with mobcaps and hospital uniforms on their incredible clown clothes - until being there, even in the most difficult times.

With the clowns, I could finally be in the kingdom of pee poop! I could leave my hospital room without leaving it. What did we laugh the day when, during a lumbar puncture, they bottled farts! That day rang like the court of miracles! This was all nonsense, but a wonder all the same. Nonsense in a controlled world.

Because the clowns of Soleil Rouge are not just clowns. They are magicians. Ones of those that offer transgression, that make us being children before sick persons. That's why we love them so much."

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The clowns of Soleil Rouge have just started visits in Neonatology unit! It's like in a cosy little nest.The sentence "walking on eggs" makes full sense here. The little babies, when not in incubators, are taken tenderly in the arms of caregivers or parents.

Here, the clowns become poets, singers, whistlers, musicians. Their heart melts when they see the smiles of the little kids. They sing their most beautiful lullabies, trying to remember all the lyrics, but sometimes it's not fully accurate and it makes laugh the older ones!!!

Below is the testimony from Marie, nurse in neonatology unit in Grenoble’s hospital: 

 “I saw you evolve since many years in the hospital with this communicative generosity, with all these little and older patients, but it is now the first time you come to visit the new borns: what a joy to meet you here! I was waiting for you! Discovering the reaction of parents and of some babies in front of your joyful, discreet and sincere expressions.
Your weekly visits bring a wave of freshness and sweetness that reaches us and makes us smile. And when you leave the unit, some little tunes of music stay with us for the rest of the day.

Thanks again to you all for "Soleil Rouge"!

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SOLEIL ROUGE

Location: GRENOBLE - France
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ANNIE TISSIER
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ANNIE TISSIER
GRENOBLE, ISERE France

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