Laughter Clubs Victoria
April 2011- #83

World peace through Laughter is the vision behind World Laughter Day being celebrated globally on the first Sunday in May. Started in 1998 in Mumbai India the event is the major activity on the calendar of laughter clubs around the world.

Sunday 1st May in Melbourne’s Federation Square LCVi will celebrate for the 9th year in a row.  Since I first organised the celebrations in 2003 members of the LCVi have become involved and this year Mahes Karuppiah-Quillen is making it happen.

In our 24/7 society there is a need to lighten up and to put more laughter into our lives.  World Laughter Day is when we take laughter to the masses, encourage them to giggle, chuckle and chortle, and join together mind, body, and spirit in a healthy way.

If you only attend one LCVi event this year, then this should be it, so read on ...


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At 11:00am on the main stage of Federation Square on Sunday 1st May 

lots of fun and laughter will start off the celebrations for WORLD LAUGHTER

DAY. The good news is it will run for two hours!

A message from Dr Madan Kataria the Founder of the worldwide laughter movement will be shown on the big screen. Then the Founder of Laughter Clubs Victoria Inc Phillipa Challis has been given the honour of leading the first laugh of the day.

The program for the day will see our LCVi President and other leaders give us some laughs between all the planned activities. There will be drumming, dancing, and the inaugural interclub competition for the best club laugh which is to be judged by people outside of our laughter family.

The quest for the best male and female laugher, and the best Under 16 person is expected to be hotly contested. This is open to everyone – all that is required is for you to simply stand in front of the microphone and laugh.

This is the day to wear your LCVi t-shirt so we have a sea of purple and yellow at the front of the stage. Get along to Fed Square early if you want to purchase one on the day - there will be assorted sizes available.

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Club News

Hampton   In 2002 the second club to form in Victoria was Hampton and Annie Bieniek has been the Laughter Leader for all nine years.  She has recently taken on a new job and the club will continue with Jenny Penfold [0433 541 451] as the contact person.  Saturday at 9:30am always finds a large group coming together on Beach Road opposite Small Street in front of the shelter shed, and as with most laughter clubs they go for coffee and a chat afterwards.

Moonee Ponds  Laughter Leader Jim Kane [0400 525 347] and his Anchor Person Ursula Tursky, like all leaders who give freely of their time to their clubs.  They have recently been publicly acknowledged for their efforts (See Applause for Laughter).

Federation Square  Lynette Mitchell our Ferntree Gully Laughter Leader led at Fed Sq at the beginning of the month.  She wrote “16 people joined together with their hearts and bodies, all in unison laughing uproariously.  Maria who had done the leader training workshop the preceding week led some laughs.  It was a fabulous laughter session and the energy was most uplifting with such enthusiasm from everybody”.

LC Federation Square : 3 April 2011

 World Laughter Day in the Western District   Heywood  Laughter Leader Julie [0418 106 375] is coordinating  World Laughter Day Celebrations at Port Fairy.   The fun will start at 11:00am with a free public laughter session on the Village Green.  Lunch and activities including  a laughter therapy class, laughter meditation, as well as drum and music sessions will follow at the Port Fairy Community House which is right in the centre of town. 

 Go to to  be part of the laughter community        

          The LCVi Twitter Account name is:  @lalughterclubsvic

Laughter Leader Training Workshop

Sunday 29 May is the next chance for people wanting to lead a laughter club to attend an LCVi Certified Laughter Leader Training Workshop.  It is being held in the easily accesssable Altona Library from 9:30am til 5:00pm.

The full day training is the first step towards being a laughter leader.  For those wanting to discover what is involved in leading a community laughter club, this is your opportunity to find out all about it, and at the same time have a  laughter filled day.

 Contact Phillipa on 0418 521 265 or Bronwyn on 0421 335 197 for a registration form or if you want any further information.

APPLAUSE FOR THE MONTH ‘How Laughter Helped my Depression’ was an item placed on the net by Uma Thakar, who sent through the piece for our LCV Newsletter for everyone to read …

I suffered from depression for years.  I still do but it’s no longer the terrifying blackness that is used to be.  One of the factors that helped in my recovery has been laughter.

I’ve been attending a laughter group at Queens Park for a couple of years.  The group is led by Jim Kane and in his absence by Ursula.  After every laugh session I feel as if a weight has lifted off my chest.  It’s innocent laughter and it’s healing laughter.

We’ve had people attend the group who’ve suffered from personal tragedies and loss of loved ones, and some like myself who want to manage depression.  The laughter is like light in that dark cave of depression.  It’s not an instant cure but I’ve found that sticking with my laugh group has made the darker days easier to bear.

Share a Laugh with LCVi Laughter LeadersWho are you?     Carolyn Nicholson Your involvement with LCVi?   Laughter Leader Your Club?     Eltham How long have you been part of the club?      Since I started the club in 2006 (having started one previously in Mildura in 2004) How did you become involved? By putting the word Laughter into Google and finding ‘Laughter Club' & 'Phillipa Challis’ Family?      Married to Des and have a 37 year old son, 2 step daughters, and 4 step grandchildren Favourite Memory?     Experiencing the joy of swimming and playing with wild and captive dolphins.  For me it is the experience of joy next to laughter yoga Favourite Book?      Louise Hay – You Can Heal Your Life Favourite Food?       Chips Favourite Smell?       Coconut Favourite TV Show?      Mr Bean Cat or Dog?      Dog  Hobbies?     Dancing, exercise and travel Where would you like to be right now?      Walking the dog in the sun What would you like to learn?      How to surrender in times of chaos Passion?      The joy of spending laughter yoga with people of all ages from all over the world – I’m constantly amazed how laughter yoga connects people and animals What do you want to be remembered for?     My laughter, joy, and positive thinking.


Laugh for the MonthBig Dipper (Roller Coaster) Laugh The group comes together in rows of two or three across, depending how many are participating, and form a column as though they are all on the same ride.  People move around pretending to go up and dow the big dipper and change their laugh from happy to delighted. 

Diary Dates
Sunday 1 May

World Laughter Day - Federation Square

Sunday 29 May

Laughter Leader Training Workshop

Sunday 5 JuneLaughter Club Federation Square

10,11,12,13 June

Mind Body Spirit Festival

Sunday 3 July

Laughter Club Federation Square

          Editor: Phillipa Challis 0418 521 265

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