Polish charity event raises over EUR 48 million

On Wednesday, during the event's celebratory gala in Warsaw, Owsiak summed up three decades of WOSP, thanking people and institutions that had taking part in the project. Marcin Obara/PAP

This year's Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP), Poland’s biggest charity event, raised over PLN 224 million (EUR 48.29 million), WOSP organiser Jerzy Owsiak said at the charity's gala event on Wednesday.

The funds raised will be used to buy ophthalmology equipment for children. This year's grand finale, the 30th, was held on January 30 under the slogan 'Open your eyes.'

On Wednesday, during the event's celebratory gala in Warsaw, Owsiak summed up three decades of WOSP, thanking people and institutions that had taking part in the project.

"We have shown people that by organising themselves they can do incredible things," Owsiak said, adding that this year's total of funds raised was PLN 13.5 million (EUR 2.91 million) more than last year's.

More than half the total was raised online and 42 percent came from street collections.

One of the fundraising activities this year was a charity auction by the Allegro e-commerce site, at which a racket belonging to Polish tennis star Iga Swiatek was among the items sold along with a training session with Swiatek.

The auction brought in over PLN 37 million (EUR 7.98 million) for the charity.

Events were held as far afield as New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Ankara and Stockholm.

Owsiak also said at the gala that WOSP would support Ukraine, with 460 items of medical equipment going to Ukrainian hospitals.