Deputy Prime Minister Gliński on Aleppo aid concert: help from afar is very important

"Help from afar is very important; the Polish government is earmarking ever greater amounts," Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture Piotr Glinski told PAP in reference to a charity concert in aid of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

On Sunday at 8 pm, the Royal Theatre in Warsaw's Royal Lazienki Park will host the "Family to family. Aid for Aleppo" Charity Carol Concert performed by the Polish Royal Opera. The concert will be broadcast on TVP2 public television channel with a charity collection held by paid text message during the broadcast.

Asked by PAP whether help from afar was important, Glinski replied: "It is very important, we should be active and engaged. The Polish government is also earmarking ever more funds for that, we have appointed a new minister for those matters. We will also be active in cooperation with various NGOs."

Glinski said the government was continuing its actions to date, which have taken the form of foreign aid aimed at assisting people in situ. "Among other things, we're holding the second such concert, the first had the effect of opening at least a few aid stations or community centres in Aleppo for street children," the culture minister stressed. 

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage announced that during the concert, funds would be raised via text-message donation for victims of the war in Syria and for residents of the war-ravaged city of Aleppo. During the concert, viewers will be able to send a text message with the word SYRIA to 72052 at a cost of PLN 2.46 (EUR 0.59) including VAT.