The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity bought equipment for four laboratories testing coronavirus samples. Lab equipment worth almost PLN 10.5 million (over EUR 2 300 000) will be donated to laboratories in Warsaw, Łódź, and Poznań. This latest commitment takes the purchases in aid of COVID-19 Relief to PLN 50 million.
eCollection Boxes are a Resounding Success
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation has been cooperating with Mastercard for nine years, and we have been developing new and interesting options for online fundraising initiatives. Upcoming, 29th Grand Finale will mark the 4th time we carried out our eCollection Box fundraising initiative, which allows everyone - literally everyone - to fundraise in aid of our charity!
It's especially important this year when 83% of Poles admit that 2020 served as a great reminder of what is really important in life, while a stunning 79% of Poles confess that they are now much more empathetic towards the needs of others.
2020 was a tasking year for many people, and we are gearing up towards a Grand Finale - an event which will unfold in an unprecedented time of pandemic regulations and restrictions. We are focusing on online initiatives, which would engage as many people as possible, and will ensure that they can take part in our fundraiser safely and without risking their health.
One of the ways in which you can join our movement is by registering to volunteer online. Our digital volunteering platform, kindly powered by Mastercard offers you an option to raise money online, using your very own, designated eCollection Box. This year, still with over a month to go before the Grand Finale fundraiser, online Collection Boxes are proving to be more popular than ever. As of December 21st, 2020, there were 8 071 active eCollection Boxes, Digital volunteers raised PLN 307 445. The comparison with last year seems to be inevitable and, at the same time, impressive. We managed to reach a benchmark of PLN 300 000 in early January.
Our charity allocated PLN 20 000 000 (EUR 4 400 000) to support Polish health agencies fighting coronavirus outbreak. We will donate 50 thousand sets of personal protection equipment, 150 ICU beds, and machine for Covid-19 detection.
As Poland has gone into lock-down, encouraging people to self-isolate to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), there are many people who might require help with day-to-day tasks. Fortunately, the GOCC volunteers and activists are there to help!