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About UP

The UP is a Public Benefit humanitarian Organisation, active since 2003, specialising in bringing emotional care & the healing power of JoY to sick and traumatised children in hospitals through care clowning. Actively Uplifting over 3000 children every month & celebrating a decade of sharing joy, we’ve extended our Upliftment to include joyful schools too – school going children from advantaged & previously disadvantaged community and adults receive fun & movement games with tools for joyful living. Book a speaker for your event to uplift your audience, or book a Joy Talk for your employees, or join us at community events around South Africa and take part in our global campaigns o spread joy and happiness.

Our cheerlady

Nicola Jackman is an award winning actress, voice artist & joy catalyst. She has been a professional performing heartist for 20 years, nowadays she brings all her character full delight to the stage & screen, with her own special brand of inspirational speaking as a JOY Catalyst and through her one woman family show “MAfrika“. Her acting credits include 3 years in the South African soap-opera Isidingo (1998 to 2001) and numerous local plays and international movies.

For the past 9 years Nicola has also been actively working on expanding JOY; as founder of (The UP) The UPliftment Programme , Nicola gives joy talks and also sUPports training of other joy catalysts, care clowns and trainers, she creates playful spaces for people to transform fear to love & be inspired into giggling and joyful possibility.

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