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Mahes Karuppiah-Quillen N.D. trained with the founder of Laughter Yoga Global Movement, Dr Madan Kataria in 1999. She pioneered and introduced laughter clubs in Malaysia, spear-headed a Laughter Research Programme and subsequently the first Laughter Conference in South East Asia at the University of Malay in Malaysia in 2002.  She joined Laughter Clubs Victoria Inc in 2004 with the vision and drive to improve upon this NFP organisation.

Her focus is to develop LCVi with the experience and integrity she brings from her professional background. She is also a Global Laughter Ambassador.  ​She is passionate about training new community laughter club leaders.


Gagan Watika

Founder & Committee Member - Phillipa Challis O.A.M.

Trusted Advisor

Phillipa Challis OAM lives in Geelong and has for over 16 years travelled around Australia and overseas spreading the happidemic of laughter, a gelotologist and a certified Laughter Teacher. Founder and inaugural President of Laughter Clubs Victoria Inc (Est. 2003), she was appointed as an International Laughter Yoga Ambassador in 2006 by the founder of the worldwide laughter movement.

As a professional speaker for more than 30 years Phillipa knows the multiple benefits of laughter from having enjoyed them herself and creating a happier, healthier more positive lifestyle.

Phillipa's role on the LCVi Committee is that of being a trusted Advisor, because of her considerable experience and wisdom in the area of laughter.



Rosa (Rose) Morabito is currently our club secretary. She has been a faithful & hard-working club member for many years.


Jennifer Duneen recently joined the committee and is a member of the Fitzroy North Laughter Club. She has vast experience in the area of bookkeeping and we welcome Jennifer to be working and playing with the committee.

Committee Members
Mission Statement -
To promote and support community laughter clubs in Victoria.

Laughter Clubs Victoria Inc Committee

Natalie Evans


Mary Greene 


Julie Klein​

Ursula Tursky

Nella Buscema

Florie D'Souza