Saturday, January 20, 2018

Acceptance through fun and laughter

sadviser March 28, 2012

LIGHTER SIDE TO ILLNESS… The McDonald’s Camp Quality Puppets educating students at Gowrie Street Primary School that acceptance of children suffering from a serious illness is important. Photo: Alicia Zeqir.By David Lee
SPREADING recognition to the importance of providing care to those who are affected by cancer, McDonald’s Camp Quality Puppets visited students at Gowrie Street Primary School and St Georges Road Primary School last week, showing ‘laughter is the best medicine.’
The McDonald’s Camp Quality Puppets use fun, laughter and unwavering optimism to educate on the importance of acceptance and tolerance and is designed to help facilitate the return of children to school after treatment for cancer or serious illness.
Grade 5-6 Teacher at Gowrie Street Primary School, Clare Canty spoke with The Adviser saying the performances are a fantastic way to demonstrate the importance of acceptance and it gives the students the opportunity to be educated about others with a serious illness.
“The humour aspect of the puppet show is important as it shows a lighter side to an otherwise unpleasant situation and it helps to take away a little bit of the fear factor aspect,” Clare said.
McDonald’s Shepparton Licensee, Karen Pearse said, “McDonald’s Camp Quality Puppets’ unique brand of fun therapy and interactivity is a great way to educate students on the importance of accepting each other’s differences.
“McDonald’s is thrilled to able to continue its long-standing support of this worthwhile program,” Karen said.
The puppets will celebrate a significant milestone in late 2012, reaching a phenomenal four million Australian children with their important message since the program’s inception in 1988.
For further information about the McDonald’s Camp Quality Puppets program, volunteering or to fill out a booking request, visit  www.campquality.org.au.