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10 year Gabrysia is a hero!
Children have an amazing gift, which we - adults - often overlook. Children instinctively know when to act, and when given the right guidance and education they know how to help others, and taking action becomes second nature to them.
We would like to tell you about a regular 10-year old girl who dreams of being a police officer when she grows up. Gabrysia lives with her parents, younger sister and 3 well-loved pets: two cats and a dog. Gabrysia likes adventures, and she likes to help others. The little girl proved that she has got what it takes to save her loved ones.
Gabrysia Szeliga from Szydłowiec is a true hero - she has saved her parents and her family home from fire, which threatened to break out after a gas cylinder explosion has left her mother and father burned. Young Gabrysia remained calm and called emergency services - paramedics transported her parents to the ER, while the firefighters managed to quickly douse the flames.
The girl does not see herself as a hero, and attributes her behaviour to reasonable thinking.
In a sense, I feel like a superhero, because I was just as afraid as any superhero. Like, in comic books, superheroes save people, and after it is done, they often say how frightened they have been. Same with me. I was very frightened on the inside, but my reason told me not to be frightened, to take action instead... I don't think I deserve any special thanks or gifts. I don't need them. I would like this story to show other children that it is important to help! says Gabrysia.
Gabrysia's school celebrated her brave stance by hosting a special event to commemorate her achievement, and the headmaster of the school has officially applied to the ministry of internal affairs for the little girl to be awarded the special title of "Young Hero". Gabrysia's school seems to be a great place for kids to grow. develop, and learn - last year, a 10-year-old Aleksander Jastrzębski was named "Young Hero" in recognition of his efforts to help a driver crushed by a lorry.
The children's skills should come as no surprise when one learns that the school cooperates with the voluntary fire departments, which lead CPR for Schools lessons for the pupils. The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has teamed up with local volunteer firefighters, who since last year are conducting first aid and CPR lessons at primary schools as partners of our CPR for Schools educational initiative.
Pupils of the 1st Primary School in Szydłowiec have an opportunity to develop their talents, learn and develop their passions, and what is more, we are certain that they will grow up to be empathetic, sensitive adults.
With Grand Finale looming on the horizon (not long to go before we celebrate the biggest fundraising drive in the country!), some Collection Centres are already holding fundraising events and Collection Boxes are displayed on business premises and shops.
The biggest fundraising initiative will take place this Sunday. Before you begin your very own volunteering adventure, make sure to read our tips. Are you ready? Let's start!