28th Grand Finale is filled with exciting novelties. Apart from moving to a new location, we will, for the first time, we break with tradition and move the date of our charitable run to January the 11th - but we have more news about the Get Even with Diabetes race!
Nobel Prize Medal from Olga Tokarczuk
Olga Tokarczuk visited with Jurek Owsiak to donate the first official replica of her Nobel Prize Medal to our charity. The beautifully crafted official gold-plated replica of the Nobel Prize in Literature will be auctioned off in aid of the medical objective of the Grand Finale fundraiser.
The Medal, which is identical to the solid-gold medal awarded to the novelist at a ceremony in Stockholm, has already attracted plenty of attention.
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 was awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life."
Tokarczuk's striking, imaginative and meticulously researched prose received numerous accolades in Poland and abroad. The writer won a Man Booker International Prize for her novel Flights in 2018. Agnieszka Holland's Spoor, a film based on Tokarczuk's book Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2017.
Tokarczuk received her Nobel Prize Medal in Stockholm on December 10th. Each Nobel Prize Laureate is permitted to request up to three official replicas of the medal, which are all crafted by the same masters working for the Nobel Foundation. The replicas can be donated to universities, museums and other organisations by the Laureates.
The medal donated by Olga Tokarczuk will be auctioned off in aid of the medical objective of the Grand Finale fundraiser 2020 - to help finance the purchase of medical equipment for children's surgery and treatment.
Charitable auctions are a popular method of supporting the objective of the charity - everyone can list of bid for unique, unforgettable and precious lots.
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.
Having raised a record sum of money, we have held a record-breaking open tender, where, assisted a team of medical experts, our charity has purchased medical equipment worth over PLN 160 000 000!