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Charity begins at home – and home is where your heart is…


Charity begins at home – and home is where your heart is…

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For Edward Haworth (aka Clown Eckie) home for him now is Thailand, but the journey to get here was long, and not always easy, though it has always been interesting. The charity he founded in Thailand is called ‘Gift of Happiness’(GoH), and we’re going to look into its story. The initial idea of setting up a charity to help the underprivileged was initiated in 1992 by Brit and Swedish circus performers, Mr and Mrs Eddie and Charlotte Haworth, when they were running their UK circus skills training workshops for disadvantaged kids in Liverpool, England.

Sadly, the pressures of work in the entertainment industry led to the breakdown of Eddie and Charlotte’s long and happy relationship, and they decided to go their separate ways in 1995. This was a tough time for Eddie, but he forced himself to redevelop his comedy acting career as a ‘Classic Sad Clown’ solo performer, which led to several years of success performing in theatres, circuses, TV shows, galas, and festivals around Europe, the USA, Scandinavia, China, and the Middle East.

In the year 2000, Eddie was invited to Thailand for a charity performance, which was being held at the British Embassy in Bangkok. When he discovered that the invitation was to entertain some orphans who lived in a city slum, he couldn’t resist the offer. It didn’t take long for him to decide that Thailand was just the right place to continue doing what he does best, which is making people laugh. He also soon realised that this was probably the perfect time to put his past behind him and reinvent his life by devoting his time to bringing a little laughter and some positive memories to people whose lives often lacked something that he was able to provide… laughter and happiness. These new challenges in the life of Eckie the sad clown became a welcome replacement for the love in his life that he had lost. But flash forward… nowadays Eddie considers himself to be one of the happiest clowns around, since he became devoted to the charity he founded, the Gift of Happiness Foundation, which has now become his new partner, and new true love.

Full charitable status for the Gift of Happiness Foundation in Thailand was granted by the Royal Thai Government on the 15th December 2009. Membership of the League of Foundations of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was granted in March 2010, and it continues to grow, largely thanks to the efforts of Eddie, and a group of his friends, who donate their time when they can.


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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Nina has worked for Inspire and Choice Group Asia since 2011 and loves to party when she can!

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