Jurek Owsiak and the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation appeal to the Australian Collection Centres to utilize their Grand Finale fundraising resources to support the efforts to help victims of bushfires in Australia.
PLN 30 000 000 for COVID-19 Relief
The newest order for 50 000 coveralls for frontline medical staff took the sum we allocated for COVID-19 Relief in Poland to PLN 30 000 000 (over EUR 6 600 000). Need for protective equipment for doctors, nurses and other hospital personnel is overwhelming and more often than not, unmet by the state agencies responsible for supplying hospitals and ambulance stations with the necessary gear. Frontline medical staff, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics, in particular, are at the highest risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. We want to supplement the stock of protective gear available in hospitals so that the staff can feel safe when carrying out their duties.
We ordered 50 000 coveralls from China, so it means that we are currently working out all of the transportation details and arrangements.
Our charity has also taken up another challenge. We decided to supply nursing and residential homes with three-plier surgical masks. Residents in these facilities are in the highest risk group, yet we received signals that care-takers in these facilities have virtually none of the protective gear they need to work with their patients. The first batch of 500 surgical masks has been sent to 13 nursing homes already. After the Easter holidays, we aim to send surgical masks to other homes and care facilities nationwide.
These most recent purchases took the sum we allocated to the COVID-19 Relief Initiative in Poland to over PLN 30 000 000 (over EUR 6 600 000).
We are grateful for each donation made in aid of our COVID -19 Relief Initiative. We already reached PLN 10 000 000 and the donations keep flooding in. We show how much solidarity and kindness we have to share with others. Today we managed to order an additional batch of 50 000 coveralls because all items of personal protection are necessary for medical staff to keep on their great work. We keep receiving requests for help from all over the country and we do our best to help. We prioritize these hospitals and medical centres which won't be taken into account by the state agencies. We keep on being together, we keep on helping each other and that's what matters the most - says Jurek Owsiak, chairman of the board of the GOCC.
Our initiative travels the world! We are "playing" on all continents, wherever there is a vibrant, energetic Polish community abroad. We are very proud of our friends who decide to play with our Orchestra in the most remote corners of the world.
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