The members of the Board of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation received European Citizen's Prize in the European Parliament. We have been honoured to receive the award alongside three other Polish NGOs: Polish-Jewish Forum and Alicja Szatkowska.
Jurek Owsiak is Knight of the Order of Smile
All candidates for the medal must be nominated by children, and nominations can be submitted by from all over the world. Jurek Owsiak received the medal in recognition of his life-long commitment to the improvement of conditions of Polish paediatric wards. The chairman of the board of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation is also a staunch supporter of children's rights, and he has often taken a stand against violence towards children. International Chapter of the Order of the Smile decided to honour Jurek Owsiak with the medal at the celebratory gala, which took place on May 18th, 2018 in Lipsk.
Order of the Smile can only be awarded to persons who have made considerable contributions to improving the lives of children in Poland and across the world or people who support children's rights and show love, care, and respect towards children. Marek Michalak, who is the Chancellor of the Chapter of the Order of the Smile said that Jurek Owsiak was nominated by thousands of children, who have sent his candidature for Chapter's consideration. The founder of the GOCC Foundation joins other laureates, such as Pope John Paul II, Mother Theresa, Dalai Lama, Irena Sendlerowa.
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!
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation presents the financial report of the 24th Grand Finale charitable collection and preliminary financial report of the 25th charitable collection.