Established in 2007 by the Reach For A Dream Foundation, Laughter Heroes (formerly Jabulani Kingdom) is a unique initiative that brings therapeutic entertainment to vulnerable children across public hospitals in South Africa.
The Laughter Heroes initiative is centred around bringing therapeutic entertainers into the hospital wards, and through using arts-based activities such as comedy, juggling, magic, mime and storytelling, to help restore and improve the mental, physical and emotional well-being
of the children and their caregivers.
The benefits of therapeutic entertainment go beyond supporting children with life-threatening illnesses. We have also found that the benefits extend to their caregivers and families, as well as the doctors,
nurses and other healthcare practitioners in the wards.
“The focus of the programme is solely on laughter and joy, and for that moment the children do not have to worry about needle pricks, or any procedure being done.” PAEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY, RED CROSS HOSPITAL