Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity finale raises over EUR 21.4 mln

The final amount of charity event will be officially announced by the head of the WOŚP Foundation Jurek Owsiak, in March. Piotr Nowak/PAP

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) raised more than PLN 92 mln (EUR 21.4 mln) during its 27th finale on Sunday, WOŚP has told PAP. This year, Poland's biggest fundraising event collected funds to purchase equipment for children's hospitals.

A total of PLN 92,143,748 mln (EUR 21.5 mln) was raised during the 27th Finale of the charity drive, which ended after midnight on Sunday.

WOŚP noted that the Finale "has now gone down in history!", but "the joy of the final summary was interrupted by the tragic news of the attack on the Mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz."

The founder of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) Jerzy Owsiak said during a press conference that Sunday's attack on Adamowicz was "shocking news, almost unbelievable."

He added that Poles should be Poles, who love each other, who do not carry aggression. "There is one Poland. (...) Don't let anyone ever divide us! We are with you Mr. Adamowicz, be strong!" Owsiak said.

The organisers of the charity event announced that although the final was already over, many auctions would last until the end of January.

The final amount will be officially announced by the head of the WOŚP Foundation Jurek Owsiak, in March.

Last year, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity gathered PLN 126,373,804 million (EUR 29.42 million).