The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has been awarded during Effie Poland Gala. We received two beautiful statuettes - one for our cooperation with partners and second for 26th Grand Finale fundraiser, which has set a new record - 126 000 000 PLN raised in aid of medicine!
1.5 million for volunteer firefighters!
The equipment we have donated today is worth 1.5 million PLN. We have invited teams representing 178 volunteer fire departments to take part in the ceremony. The recipients of this equipment have been involved in removing the effects of disastrous storms which have wrecked havoc in northern and central regions of the country. Volunteer firefighters are not only involved in the life of their communities and are first responders on site of fires, accidents, and other natural disasters.
Firefighters deserve the utmost respect and highest praise for their courage and commitment. Volunteer firefighters, who help their communities as volunteers are real local heroes, first to respond to any distress call. They give their time and often endanger their lives in order to help others. We have been following their involvement in the recovery efforts in the areas struck by natural disaster late this summer. The work they did to ensure that their communities can get back to normal impressed and amazed us. As soon as we heard about their needs and received first appeals for help, we decided to purchase equipment for departments from the areas affected by the storm. - said Jurek Owsiak, chairman of the board of the Foundation.
The Foundation has helped fire departments before. All in all, we have donated various pieces of equipment worth 6 million PLN. The gear we have purchased included medical equipment and search and rescue equipment as well as power tools and other firefighting equipment. After floods, which devasted southern Poland in 2010 we have donated equipment to 444 volunteer fire departments. After a collapse of Katowice International Fair hall in 2006, we decided to support firefighters by purchasing specialized search and rescue gear. In the previous year, we have donated emergency and rescue gear.
On Sunday 9th of September at the stadium next to the Łazienkowska Street in Warsaw, one more time teams of TVN and the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity are going to meet.
Pol’and’Rock Festival is a great summer Festival where our volunteers who work hard during the winter fundraising concerts can be rewarded for their hard work. Although this is a time to celebrate and fest this is also a place where one can learn lots of useful skills that complement our Foundation’s mission.