This years "Christmas Charity Orchestra "collects for neonatal care
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP) foundation collected funds for purchases of medical equipment for neonatal wards at its 26th nation-wide Grand Finale on Sunday.
Some 120,000 volunteers collected donations during outdoor concerts, fairs and auctions, including e-auctions and sports events across Poland and in many cities abroad.
The most valuable items put up for auction included President Andrzej Duda's bow tie, First Lady's suit, a copy of the Polish Constitution signed by Poland's former president Aleksander Kwasniewski or a pen owned by Andrzej Wajda, an Academy Award-winning Polish film director, who died in 2016.
By 8:00 p.m. on Sunday the orchestra had collected around PLN 30 million (EUR 7.2 million). The final figure is to be published in early March, after all donations are received and added up.
WOSP's first collection for medical equipment took place in 1993. Throughout the year, the WOSP buys medical equipment via tenders organised by the foundation. Thanks to the work of the foundation, many medical centers in Poland have received state-of-the-art equipment that helps save children's lives.
Last year, The Great Christmas Aid Orchestra collected PLN 105.57 million (EUR 25.38 mln).