During the 32nd Grand Finale we raised:
281879118,07 PLN
Grand Finale

The first such simulators in the world!

2024-04-19 14:45:00

On 17 April 2023, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC) marked a significant milestone in paediatric ophthalmology. Following the fundraising success of the 30th Grand Finale, which took place in 2022, the GOCC signed a contract to purchase four simulators specifically designed for teaching the examination of children for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). These simulators are the first of their kind in the world and represent a pioneering step in medical training.


Beneficiaries of the state-of-the-art simulators


The official ending of the 30th Grand Finale, photo: Stanisław Wadas


These advanced simulators, costing nearly PLN 1.8 million, will be allocated to the following prestigious institutions in Poland:

  • Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Prof. K. Gibiński University Clinical Centre, Katowice
  • Paediatric Ophthalmology Ward, Stefan Żeromski Specialist Hospital, Kraków
  • Ophthalmology Clinic, University Clinical Hospital, Poznań
  • Ophthalmology Clinic, "Pomnik - Centrum Zdrowia Dziecka" Institute, Warsaw


The 30th Grand Finale: "See the Light!"


The 30th Grand Finale, held on 30 January 2022, was dedicated to enhancing paediatric ophthalmology services across Poland under the inspiring slogan "See the Light!". The event aimed to raise funds for crucial medical equipment to support children’s eye care. The extraordinary generosity of donors and the tireless efforts of volunteers resulted in the collection of PLN 224,376,706.35.


Equipment acquired through Open Tenders


The funds raised during the 30th Grand Finale enabled the GOCC to organise three major Open Tenders – the 63rd, 65th, and 68th. These contests facilitated the purchase of essential equipment for paediatric ophthalmology wards, including:

  • Microscopes
  • Operating tables
  • Specula
  • Slit lamps
  • Synoptophores
  • Lasers
  • A 2-plane angiocardiograph
  • Equipment for the Ophthalmology Simulation Centre
  • Four ROP examination simulators from ABJ VISION


Advancing paediatric ophthalmology with cutting-edge technology


The addition of these ROP simulators represents a groundbreaking advancement in paediatric ophthalmology. Retinopathy of prematurity is a serious eye condition that affects premature infants, potentially leading to blindness if not properly diagnosed and treated. The simulators will provide invaluable training to ophthalmologists, enhancing their ability to diagnose and manage this condition effectively.


The 68th Open Tender, photo: Łukasz Widziszowski


A look forward


With these state-of-the-art simulators, Poland sets a precedent in paediatric eye care training, reinforcing the Great Orchestra's commitment to improving healthcare through innovative solutions. These efforts will not only benefit the current generation of patients but also pave the way for advancements in paediatric ophthalmology worldwide.


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