What started as an improvised and one-shot charitable telethon has proven to be one of the longest running charitable organizations in Europe and one that has one of the most enduring and furthest reaching scope - both geographically and when it comes to influencing the culture and social landscape of the country. Promoting the ideals of voluntary work and creating a community based on mutual respect, The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation has sprung the biggest non-commercial music event in Europe - Woodstock Festival Poland and it works tirelessly to support Polish medicine.
Let's take a walk down the memory lane to see how it all began...
It all began with an idea and a man determined enough to organise a charitable collection - from scratch and with very little idea of what will happen afterwards. The first Grand Finale was held so that Children's Memorial Hospital in Warsaw could afford to purchase equipment for children's cardiac surgery. The year was 1993.
One of the cornerstones on which the Foundation has been built is positivity and can-do attitude. Holding a massive charity fundraiser which draws 120 000 volunteers to help and relies on the cooperation between local communities - sometimes communities located in remote corners of the globe requires commitment and perseverance - proves that people are capable of wonderful things!
This quarter-century anniversary is just the beginning and if it is your beginning with us: as a volunteer or as a member of the team at the Collection Centre - welcome and let's make history together!