It's Saturday evening, and we still have hours to go before the Grand Finale fundraiser... and we already raised PLN 11 850 688! It's PLN 1 700 000 more than last year. We are beginning like we mean to go on.
Teaching first aid at the Pol’and’Rock Festival
Pol’and’Rock Festival is a huge summer Festival where our volunteers who work hard during the winter fundraising efforts can be rewarded for their work. Although this is a time to celebrate and have fun this is also a place where one can learn lots of useful skills that are a part of our Foundation’s mission.
If you plan to visit the Pol’and’Rock Festival this summer, it’s a great opportunity to learn about CPR in the tent created for that purpose. The tent is open from Tuesday (31st of July) until Saturday (4th of August) between 9.00am to 9.00pm. It is located in the shopping mall just opposite our Siemashop. This initiative is created in cooperation with Volkswagen.
The program is about teaching how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on infants, children and adults as well as what to do when somebody is chocking. Workshop participant will also gain knowledge on how to safely approach an injured person and how to call for professional help. Kids will get first aid kit, paper phone and a handbook with exercises. Thanks to the phone app „Learn to Save Lives" any child can quickly and pleasantly learn what to do and how to act in the life-threatening situations.
At our CPR tent, one can also get free wristbands for children to write their parents telephone number.
These CPR workshops are an extension to the bigger project that The GOCC Foundation is running for the whole year. The program had been initiated in 2006. The CPR for Schools Programme was originally directed towards children between 7th and 10th year of life but at the Pol’and’Rock Festival everyone can learn how to help! So far 28 858 teachers from 12 337 schools benefited from this program. It means that 91% of all primary schools in Poland was taking part in our program and three million children have been exposed to this crucial knowledge.
In cooperation with The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, a board game has been created, based on the educational program “Once upon a time… Life”. The aim of this game is to gather complete Chain of Life which consist of four tokens: Calling for help, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Defibrillator, Assistance of emergency services along with hospitalization.
With Grand Finale looming on the horizon (not long to go before we celebrate the biggest fundraising drive in the country!), some Collection Centres are already holding fundraising events and Collection Boxes are displayed on business premises and shops.
We were honoured to receive the Gold Synapse award from the Polish Psychiatric Association. We were nominated in the "Friend of Psychiatry" category. We are delighted that our commitment to improving conditions at paediatric psych wards in Poland.