The board of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation decided to make an emergency purchase of hospital beds to support the national healthcare system in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Poland. Beds will be donated to hospitals tasked with creating wards for COVID-19 patients.
28th Anniversary of GOCCRegistration
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation was officially registered exactly 28 years ago - on March 2nd, 1993. Paperwork was filed two months after the resounding success of the first-ever Grand Finale fundraiser. The brunt of the official paperwork related to the disbursement of funds, purchase of medical equipment was initially undertaken by the staff at the Memorial Children's Hospital in Warsaw.
The first Grand Finale was supposed to be a one-time event, a fundraiser which was held to collect money to finance the purchase of just one single piece of equipment used to carry out heart surgeries. The result of the fundraiser surpassed our expectations. We collected PLN 1 535 440, 68, which was used to buy not one, not three, and not four - but many more medical devices. Our charity bought cardiopulmonary bypass, heart monitors, incubators, AED, syringe pumps, pulse-oximeters, CPAP therapy devices, medical ventilators.
Casting our thoughts back to the first days of our charitable works, we worked with a really small team of co-workers, who quickly became friends. As our charity grew, and our work became more challenging, our team grew, and now we employ nearly 50 people. Founders of the Foundation, Jurek Owsiak, Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak, Bohdan Maruszewski, and Piotr Burczyński are on the Board of the Foundation.
The upper house of the Polish parliament will host a debate on children's mental health services on October 21st. Our charity will join forces with the Senate to find the solution to the problems which plight children's psychiatric care in Poland
Representatives of the charity have officially launched the work of two state-of-the-art pieces of equipment at a major children's hospital in Łódź. The GOCC donated CAT scanner and x-ray worth PLN 6 000 000.