Olga Tokarczuk donated the first official replica of the medal to the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity to be auctioned off in aid of the medical objective of the Grand Finale fundraiser 2020.
Lab Equipment for COVID-19 Testing
One of the significant items purchased by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation as a part of its COVID-19 Relief Initiative is coronavirus diagnostic and testing equipment. The charity bought not only PPE for frontline medical staff but also invested over PLN 10 500 000 (EUR 2 300 000) in state of the art laboratory equipment for COVID-19 testing facilities. Coronavirus diagnostic laboratories based in three major Polish cities: Warsaw, Łodź, and Poznań, received devices which will allow them to test approximately 2 304 samples per day.
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity bought high-throughput automated sample preparation systems, which can be used to prepare samples for coronavirus testing, kits for RNA DNA extraction, U-shaped bottom microplates, skirted PCR microplates, and coronavirus diagnostics kits. These devices will greatly raise the effectiveness, and speed of the diagnostics and, what is crucial for our charity, improve the safety of the staff working at the laboratories.
The charity has been working to help COVID-19 response in Poland since March. The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation donated equipment worth over PLN 50 000 000 to hospitals and other medical facilities tasked with fighting coronavirus pandemic in the country. We have donated items such as 200 ICU beds, 157 cardiac monitors, 71 medical ventilators, face masks for medical staff, and PPE sets.
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.
They are young and old, from Poland and abroad, fundraising in towns and villages. They are a group of 120 000 people doing their best to do good!