Polish charity raises over EUR 40 million for children's hospitals

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) raised nearly PLN 176 mln (EUR 40.7 mln) during its 27th nation-wide Grand Finale for purchases of medical equipment for children's hospital, WOŚP leader Jerzy Owsiak said on Friday.

During the Grand Finale, held on January 13, volunteers collected donations during outdoor concerts, fairs and auctions, including e-auctions and sports events across Poland and in many cities abroad.

The final result of Poland's biggest fundraising event was announced by Owsiak during a conference at the European Solidarity Center in the Polish Baltic coast city of Gdańsk. He began his speech, asking for a minute of silence for the late Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz, who was killed by a knife attacker on a stage at the culmination of the charity event in Gdańsk.

WOSP's first collection for medical equipment took place in 1993. Throughout the year, WOŚP buys medical equipment via tenders organised by the foundation. Thanks to the work of the foundation, many medical centres in Poland have received state-of-the-art equipment that helps save children's lives.

Last year, The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity collected PLN 126.37 million (EUR 30.16 mln) for purchases of medical equipment for neonatal wards.