Also Clowning Around
Professor Gus Guthrie our inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors was a member of the Coastal Caring Clowns, a group of happy volunteers who since 2001 have been bringing joy by visiting hospitals, nursing homes, respite centres and medical facilities. Caring clowning can involve anything from singing a song, giving a hug, or performing some clown-like silliness to move someone into a moment of well being and caring in a light-hearted and heart-felt way. Caring Clowns also teach new clowns the process, practice and ethics of being a Caring Clown.
Gus was always fascinated by clowning, and attended the second of Barbara Brewster’s workshops in Buderim in January 2001 and has never looked back, and “Charlie” was born. Gus (Charlie) became the inaugural President of the Coastal Caring Clowns Inc. in July 2001, an office he held for 5 years (as well as being Secretary for the first 3). Charlie with over 10 years of caring clowning
had a wealth of experience and lots of “war stories” and was happy to help and encourage new clowns. He enjoyed doing simple magic, especially card tricks, and longed to learn to juggle, which he could not seem to get the hang of. Gus also had a second clown character called Dr Marmaduke Fungus MB BS (Bachelor of Magic, Bachelor of Silliness).
Over the last years Charlie gave talks to many Probus, Rotary and View Clubs, and groups up and down the Queensland coast to spread awareness of caring clowning. In August 2010 Charlie was elected a Life Member of the Coastal Caring Clowns for his continuing services to the organisation.
Gus retired from our Virtu Board of Directors in August 2012 due to ill health, and sadly passed away in January 2013.