What does this mean? If you remember Patch Adams, a 1998 movie played by Robin Williams, then you’ll comprehend. This film, based on the true life story of doctor, Patch Adams, relates on his humanitarian works. And, for the past 25 years, he has been, according to Grout (2008), “leading clown delegations to Russia. Volunteer clowns of all ages, sizes, and persuasions spend two weeks spreading frivolity in Russian orphanages, hospitals, prisons, mental institutions, and nursing homes. They also clown around in subways, hotels, restaurants and city streets. The idea, says Adams, is ‘to promote joyful living and relieve suffering, something that isn’t limited to public institutions.’
” Volunteers spend a week each in Moscow and St. Petersburg, spreading, as Adams says, ‘as much fun and love as is humanly possible.’ Other goals for the yearly trip he leads with his brother, Wildman, are to help volunteers find their inner clown selves, experience group intimacy, and expose themselves to the discrepancy between rich and poor.
” Besides doing all that, volunteers will also visit the Kremlin and Red Square while in Moscow…and Palace Square and Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg.
“The two-week Russian trip costs $4,625 and includes airfare from Washington, DC, hotel accommodations, meals, all bus rides, the train to St. Petersburg from Moscow, and $150 that Adams adds on so that his Russian friends and orphans can join in the fun.”
To learn more, contact: Gesundheit! Institute, P.O. Box 50125, Arlington, VA 22205, www.patchadams.org. Wildman Adams, 6855 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22213, 540-298-4589
Learn about the experience by clicking on this site: http://www.patchadams.org/clown_trips_Russia_November2006