Christmas Charity Orchestra collects EUR 30.16 million for neonatal care

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP) foundation collected PLN 126.37 million (EUR 30.16 million) for purchases of medical equipment for neonatal wards during its 26th nation-wide Grand Finale on January 14.

The announcement was made on Thursday by Jerzy Owsiak, the Orchestra's founder. Children's ombudsman Marek Michalak, who attended Owsiak's meeting with the press, awarded him and his wife Lidia with the Children's Ombudsman medal established by the president in 2012.

During the Grand Finale, volunteers collected donations during outdoor concerts, fairs and auctions, including e-auctions and sports events across Poland and in many cities abroad.

WOSP's first collection for medical equipment took place in 1993. Throughout the year,  WOSP buys medical equipment via tenders organised by the foundation. Thanks to the work of the foundation, many medical centres in Poland have received state-of-the-art equipment that helps save children's lives.

Last year, The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity collected PLN 105.57 million (EUR 25.38 mln).