Medical heroes transform into fairy tale legends in stunning calendar to raise money for facemasks

Prof. Mikołaj Spodaryk from the University Children's Hospital in Kraków-Prokocim dresses up as a character from Leszek Kołakowski’s ‘Who will cheer up the unlucky Rhino?’. Fundacja Zdrowia Publicznego

A group of doctors have brought fairy tale characters to life in a calendar to raise funds for protective facemasks.

Swapping their PPE clothing (personal protective equipment) for more elaborate costumes, the medics from Małopolska dressed up to portray well-known and obscure characters including Thumbelina, Hercules, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast as well as scenes recreated from ‘The Miser’, ‘Adventures of a Cheating Flea’ and the Polish modern fairy tale ‘Who will cheer up the unlucky Rhino?’.

The 17 medics that appear across the 12 months come from a number of different hospitals and from a variety of departments including those on the COVID frontlines, surgeons, cardiologists, oncologists and others. Pictured: Anesthesiology and intensive care specialist in Kraków Dr. Weronika Pikul in a scene from Beauty and the Beast.Fundacja Zdrowia Publicznego

Dr. Marcin Mikos, President of the Public Health Foundation (Fundacja Zdrowia Publicznego), said: “We are very pleased with the success of this campaign, both in terms of education, because we have shown how important it is to wear masks, and with real help for medics in providing them with greater safety at work.

“Many people emphasize that in the grey time of the pandemic, the calendar gave them a lot of smile with colourful, fairy-tale pictures and this is a priceless dimension of this action.”

Dr. Wojciech Zaręba, as the King from ‘Adventures of a Cheating Flea’, with Dr. Patrycja Lobojemska – Hołysz and Dr. Karolina Paprocka.Fundacja Zdrowia Publicznego

So far, the calendar has helped purchase 14,000 FFP2 facemasks, which are made of three layers of material that filter down to 0.075 micrometre solid particles, helping better protect the wearer and those they come into contact with.

The 17 medics that appear across the 12 months come from a number of different hospitals and from a variety of departments including those on the COVID frontlines, surgeons, cardiologists, oncologists and others.

The Doctors as a Fairy Tale calendar is raising money to buy FFP2 facemasks, which are made of three layers of material that filter down to 0.075 micrometre solid particles, helping better protect the wearer and those they come into contact with.Fundacja Zdrowia Publicznego

Dr. Mikos, added: “During the pandemic, strange outfits entered the doctor-patient relationship: coveralls, suits, helmets and masks, making it difficult to examine the patient, talk, touch, and connect with a smile.

“For many infected patients, especially children and seniors, it is an additional trauma. Thanks to the action ‘Doctors as a fairy tale’, we want to show that behind these helmets and overalls there is still a smile, cordiality and dedication of doctors to the sick, and these unusual outfits are a necessary element of our reality with which we have to get used to.”

The calendar was hosted at the Groteska Theatre in Kraków and make-up artists and scenographers from the theatre helped transform the medical heroes into mythical figures.Fundacja Zdrowia Publicznego

The calendar was hosted at the Groteska Theatre in Kraków and make-up artists and scenographers from the theatre helped transform the medical heroes into mythical figures.

The success of the calendars means that a follow up is already being considered.

You can still buy this year’s ‘Doctors as a fairy tale’ calendar through the FZP website.