Today we observe the World Spank Out Day (No-hitting, no-smacking, no-spanking day for children) promoted by the American EPOCH (End Physical Punishment of Children) organization, annually. It has been 20 years since the GOCC Foundation initiated the Teddy’s Tale – Don’t hurt me, love me! action aimed at raising the awareness among adults and children on the harmful effects of corporal punishments of the underage.
First milion on the GOCC Grand Finale account!
It is more than one month left to the day of the 31st Grand Finale fundraiser, with its main objective being the fight with sepsis, and we have already reached the declared amount of exactly PLN 1,278,375.67! The traditional fundraiser in the streets will be held on 29 January, but you can support the main objective of the fundraiser through various electronic channels, and by donating money to the Collection Boxes set up at various shops, service points, and events organized by the Collection Centres.
Similar to last year, in the mid-December, we started off with different forms of support of the 31st Grand Finale, first of which were the Allegro auctions. There are already 24,700 auctions launched! It translates to almost PLN 700,000 pledged. Another way to support our initiative is to donate online via an eCollection Box, sending an SMS, Facebook collection or directly via the GOCC Foundation’s website. Electronic donations added to a tally of the 31st Grand Finale, a sum of over PLN 1.2 million!
Yet another possibility to join the fundraiser is to donate money to Stationary Collection Boxes set up at shops, service points. Since the mid-December there are multiple events, fairs, concerts, contests, and attractions for kids organized by the GOCC Collection Centres across Poland and around the world. During such gatherings, people may also take part in the fundraiser and contribute.
All the raised funds will de used to support the main objective of the 31st Grand Finale, i.e. the fight with sepsis and purchase of modern diagnostic equipment for laboratories. The declared amount raised during this year’s fundraiser will be presented late in the evening on 29 January 2023. The final result of the 31st Grand Finale fundraiser will be announced officially at the end of March.
A side event, separate from the 31st Grand Finale fundraiser is the “Get Even with Diabetes Race”. The run is held for the 17th time to draw public attention to the common health issue – diabetes. So far, there are 3,042 participants who signed up for the race, both its virtual edition and an on-site event held in Warsaw.
31st Grand Finale – important
To purchase modern equipment for laboratories in Poland which will allow for a quick diagnosis of bacteria leading to sepsis – this is the aim of the upcoming Grand Finale. The traditional fundraiser in the streets will be held on 29 January. The GOCC Foundation will run a live TV and internet broadcast from Warsaw (i.e. its TV studio set up next to the Culture and Science Palace and concert stages set u pat Plac Bankowy). The line-up of the Grand Finale concerts in Warsa wis confirmed (Dagadana, WaluśKraksaKryzys, Blenders and a Romanian band Dirty Shirt will warm up our hearts). There are 1652 Collection Centres engaged in the fundraiser, out of which 87 are located abroad (i.a. in the US, Australia, Great Britain or at the Polish Polar Station Hornsund).
41 days before the 32nd Grand Finale and our annual collection is already peaking! PLN 1,108,427 has already powered our fundraiser held in aid of respiratory units across Poland!
Today, 7 April, we celebrate the World Health Day! A matter of top priority to our GOCC Foundation. For over 30 years, we have been acting to support the public healthcare system - we purchase medical equipment for hospitals and run nationwide medical programmes. And we strongly encourage you to look after your health every day!