PLN 1 241 089 already in our account! With still some time to go before we all pull our energy together on the day of the Grand Finale on January 31, 2021. We're fundraising online and gearing up to "play" in aid of children's laryngology, otolaryngology, and head diagnostics.
Commissioner for the Human Rights in Michałowo Humanitarian Point
Dunja Mijatovic, who is the Commissioner for the Human Rights at the Council of Europe, was joined by the representatives of the Polish Ombudsman's office on the first leg of her visit to assess the situation on the border between Poland and Belarus and gain first-hand accounts from activists and volunteers engaged in humanitarian efforts in the region.
The Commissioner paid a visit to the municipality of Michałowo and met with the representatives of different NGOs to obtain first-hand knowledge about the work they do, about the conditions on the border, and to inquire what can be done to improve the situation of people seeking refuge in Poland, who have been effectively stranded between Poland and Belarus. Volunteers and activists spoke out about their experiences. We shared information about how the humanitarian aid point is organized, how it's run, and its impact on the work of volunteers on the ground. It is worth noting that we have established the first link in a supply chain for volunteers and activists, who work to reach the refugees and donated medical equipment and perishables for over PLN 40 000 to medics running emergency medical assistance on the border.
As weather conditions deteriorate and the access to the area where most people, who require help, are currently stranded or lost is restricted, the situation becomes more and more concerning.
Together with other NGOs and activists, we reiterated our demands for humanitarian aid workers and medics to be allowed entry to the restricted area around the border between Poland and Belarus. We also ask for journalists to be allowed to report from the restricted area.
Grand Finale might have been moved to 31.01.2021, but the preparations to hold this unique edition of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity fundraiser. Thanks to our partnership with UPS, we are able to send parcels to our friends from all over the world.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 15th edition of our Get Even With Diabetes run could not take place as it always has—in the heart of Warsaw, with hundreds of runners in the iconic orange run t-shirts. Instead, this year the run went digital!