Locals build over 1,000 snowmen to raise money for dying toddler
Crowds gathered by a frozen lake in the north-east of Poland this weekend to build 1,000 snowmen as part of a charity fundraiser for a two-year old boy in need of life-saving heart surgery.
Toddler Bartek Bojarzyński has a serious and extremely complex heart defect which can only be treated by a specialist operation in the United States.
The child’s family need to raise 150, 000 euros by the 2nd of April, which is when the operation has been scheduled.
Turning to crowdfunding page siepomaga.pl, the child’s desperate mum Marzena Bojarzyńska posted: “We are starting a fight to save Bartek’s tiny heart. Doctors have no doubts –surgery is the only chance to save Bartek’s life! There's a bomb ticking in our son's chest.”
She added: “The success of the surgery depends on the condition of the heart, and our son's heart gets weaker every day.
“We have very little time left, therefore we would like to ask for help in raising money.”
The local community in the boy’s village of Korycin quickly responded by turning out in their droves to support the two-day ‘1,000 snowmen for Bartuś’ initiative, which involved firemen, entire families and ‘I Have Talent’ singer Karolina Szkiłądź, who performed a song especially for the event.
Initiator of the event, former journalist and current director of the Podlasie Museum of Folk Culture, Beata Matyskiel, said: “Although the snowmen will soon melt, their virtual life will last much longer.
“We wanted to use the idea of snowmen to draw attention to Bartek’s story. He won’t survive without our help.”
The initiative has so far raised 39 per cent of the total needed.
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