The 24th Grand Finale
Buying medical equipment for pediatric wards and providing decent medical care for seniors
Every year, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation selects a detailed aim, or “theme” of its fundraiser. For instance last year, during the 23rd Grand Finale, we raised money to help maintain good standards in specialist pediatric wards.
Having reviewed all the requests sent to us by the hospitals and having consulted the matter with the medical community, the Foundation Board decided that the upcoming 24th Grand Finale will once again be devoted to pediatrics and geriatrics. This time we wanted to focus on the needs of basic care units, aiming to purchase even more equipment.
Last year has proven that pediatrics is a neglected branch of medicine. The process of purchasing equipment with the money from the 23rd Grand Finale helped us realize what we had not really been aware of: that the needs are, in fact, enormous. This led us to the decision to keep supporting pediatrics until all pediatric units are comprehensively equipped. The hospitals tend to focus on buying complicated medical devices first, and later they often lack the funds needed for simple things such as beds or bedside cabinets. The patient’s comfort is a crucial factor in the recovery process.
In our efforts to help kids, we do not forget about the needs of elderly. “The situation in geriatrics has improved quite a bit since the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity started to raise public opinion’s awareness of the problems that older patients have to face. People now think about seniors in a more serious way”, says Jurek Owsiak, the President of the Foundation Board.
We first started to support geriatrics in 2013. The initial aim was to replace basic equipment in the few geriatric wards that existed in Poland back then. Next came the initiative to support the newly-established and developing wards and underfunded healthcare institutions. In total, in the three years following the first Grand Finale devoted to seniors, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation has spent over 10 million euro on equipment and supported over 150 units.
It was the 24th time that the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity held the Grand Finale fundraiser. It has been confirmed that the overwhelming majority of Polish public bestows their trust in the biggest charity event in the country - the Grand Finale. Every year, it is supported by 120 000 volunteers who register and run approximnately 1500 Finale Centers all over Poland. The volunteers are also active abroad – everywhere there is a vibrant Polish community. Check how to become a volunteer!