As Poland has gone into lock-down, encouraging people to self-isolate to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), there are many people who might require help with day-to-day tasks. Fortunately, the GOCC volunteers and activists are there to help!
GOCC Roundabout in Warsaw
The newest in the collection of roundabouts named after out charity has been officially opened in Warsaw's district of Ursynów, on a busy intersection of Płaskowicka and Roentgen streets.
I am very familiar with this area, as it connects the busy areas of Kabaty and Ursynów with the rest of the metropolis. I am also very familiar with the traffic on this busy intersection, but I also know what a great solution to traffic congestion a roundabout is! Thousands of people pass this roundabout in their cars and on buses. It used to be an anonymous part of the road, bleak and easily forgotten. Now, I believe that even in the midst of daily frustration, we'd be able to glance at the name of this roundabout and catch a glimpse of its name and reflect on the power of the "playing" together and for the common good. I often catch myself smiling at cars sporting our stickers. I can see our logo winking from all over and I cannot help but think that I would struggle to find anyone in Poland who has not heard about our mission. We have been together for nearly thirty years and we created something unique - bringing hope and real help to people in need. We created a positive movement - full of music and laughter, and joy - making positive memories. Thousands of people - not only in Warsaw but across the globe join our fundraiser. We play with energy, with the power of ou conviction which is very necessary when it comes to solving problems - both in public and private lives.
Dear driver, passenger, and passer-by - please smile and think about all people who pitched in to create the experience of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. Please smile and think about lives saved thanks to our mutual efforts. Hats off to the city officials, who gave that much positive power to that small, busy intersection!
- Jurek Owsiak, chairman of the GOCC
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is committed to helping hospitals tasked with caring for patients infected with coronavirus in Poland. We secured the purchase of an additional 10 ventilators and 50 ICU beds for public hospitals.
Plane carrying 11 tonnes of personal protection equipment for medical staff working on the frontline of the battle with coronavirus pandemic touched down in Warsaw last night.