Christmas Charity Orchestra collects EUR 43.1 million for medical equipment

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The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP) foundation collected PLN 166.13 million (EUR 43.1 million) for purchases of medical equipment for neonatal wards during its 28th nation-wide Grand Finale on January 12.

The announcement was made on Sunday by Jerzy Owsiak, the Orchestra's founder.

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. Last year, The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity collected some PLN 176 million.

In this year's annual campaign, some 120,000 volunteers collected donations across Poland and in many cities abroad. The funds will be used for "upgrading diagnostic and treatment standards in paediatric interventional medicine."

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. Over the 28 years of its operations, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has spent well over a billion zlotys to buy various kinds of medical equipment.