Bank employees bake for chairty

FUNDRAISING: Deb Hodgson, Tamara Thomas, Angela Corbett and Kira Jones at their bake stall outside of the Port Augusta Commonwealth Bank branch.
FUNDRAISING: Deb Hodgson, Tamara Thomas, Angela Corbett and Kira Jones at their bake stall outside of the Port Augusta Commonwealth Bank branch.

The Port Augusta Commonwealth Bank branch prove laughter is a dish best served baked.

In commemoration of the Clown Doctors national Smile Day, employees set up a bake sale on Commercial road in an effort to raise money for The Humour Foundation.

Throughout the month of April, Commonwealth Bank branches across Australia will be raising funds in support of the Clown Doctors – a not-for-profit organisation that provides medical clowns to sick children in hospital.

Donning an oversized novelty tie and a flower-clad bowler hat, Port Augusta Commonwealth Bank Branch Manager Angela Corbett was pleased to have the community join the branch in some laughs while making a donation.

“We’ve been supporting the Clown Doctors for more than 19 years, and it’s a cause our team is very passionate about,” Mrs Corbett said.

“Through our fundraising day, we hope to help Clown Doctors achieve their goal of providing more Clown Rounds in hospitals across Australia.”

FUNDRAISING: Crystal Denell, Ella-May Denell and Lucas Moore enjoying their goodies from the bake stall.

FUNDRAISING: Crystal Denell, Ella-May Denell and Lucas Moore enjoying their goodies from the bake stall.

The Clown Doctors are the CommBank National Community Grant recipient for 2017-2020, receiving $1.2 million over three years.

The money is raised through the generosity of more than 13,000 Commonwealth Bank employees who regularly donate a portion of their salary.

CEO of Clown Doctors Tony Warner was grateful for the branch, and the community’s support.

“Clown Doctors bring happiness to all who experience their magic. The smiles, play and laughter will always be needed as long as there are sick children in hospital,” he explained.

“These highly trained medical clowns are also professional performers who spread ‘doses’ of fun and laughter throughout the wards.

“We’re so grateful to CommBank and the community for their support in raising much needed funds to help Clown Doctors continue to uplift and empower sick children, their parents and hospital staff.”