22,919 Smiles for Life!
"Smile" is the most beautiful of verbs but, unfortunately, every day we see thousands of older people who are unable to practice this verb. Every day, thousands of older people, in a hospital context (but not only), live with the piercing silence of the empty walls of their rooms, left alone to sadness, abandoned and neglected, while they fight against illnesses such as dementia, cancer or probably the worst of all: Loneliness.
At Palhaços d'Opital we want to make it possible for more than 22,919 older people to practice the most beautiful verb in the world again. Therefore, we intend to bring more Joy, more Smiles, more Music and more Affection to adults in 2024, with your contribution.
No. 22,919 results from 6 news items that have impacted our media in recent times. From abandonment to mistreatment, including domestic violence (and more), we found that more than 22,919 Older People need Clowns d'Opital to count on company and joy, to regain hope in a better world and to smile again.
Life is too short not to smile... Do we smile together?
About the author
Palhaços d'Opital was founded on February 12, 2013 with the mission of bringing smiles to older people, in a hospital context, helping to reduce loneliness. We are pioneers in Europe in the mission of taking the work and mission of the Clowns d'Opital to Adults and with a focus on the Elderly, in a hospital environment.
We make a total of more than 240 annual visits (around 6 per week) and regular visits to 8 Partner Hospitals: Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de São João in Porto, Local Health Unit of Matosinhos, IPO of Coimbra, Centro Hospitalar Tondela Viseu (Viseu and Tondela), Figueira da Foz District Hospital and Baixo Vouga Hospital Center (Aveiro and Águeda).
Our team of Clown(s) d'Opital is made up of professional artists (Actors, clowns, musicians, etc.), with performance experience and specific training in the area of clowning in a hospital environment. Annually, the artistic team undertakes more than 250 hours of internal and external training.
Until August 2023, we made 920 visits to our partner hospitals, with more than 4,480 hours in a hospital environment and more than 802,800 people reached.
Find out more at: www.pdo.pt
Budget and due dates
22,919 Smiles for Life aims to raise enough funds to guarantee 32 visits to the 6 Partner Hospitals of Palhaços d'Opital (CHUSJ, ULSM, CHBV (2), IPOC, HDFF). In total, we will have more than 160 hours of Joy, Humor and Affection in a hospital environment which, as studies show, is essential not only for the company of older people but, above all, it is a source of health.
We intend to get over 22,919 Smiles delivered in hospital settings with your help, and implementation will take place over the next 12 months.