Since the launch of the registration process, over 900 Collection Centres - regional hubs for the fundraising activity - applied to hold their local editions of the Grand Finale fundraiser.
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
We are going to be joining you live on the Internet and on TV. Unlike any year before, our charitable broadcast will begin on Saturday evening and will continue, uninterrupted until midnight on Sunday. Where to watch the broadcast of Grand Finale
Our online volunteer registration platform is now live. You can log in or register to become a part of the Grand Finale fundraiser. Play your part in the Grand Finale and choose your local Collection Centre or opt for an online Collection Box.