We answer your fourteen most frequently asked questions about volunteering on the day of the Grand Finale fundraiser.
Our Financial Reports
Our charity strives to be open, transparent, and conscientious about the way in which it spends the money donated by the members of the public. We have always upheld the view that our charity is entrusted with the public funds in order to buy medical equipment for public hospitals.
We publish detailed financial accounts which show how the funds raised at the previous Grand Finales have been allocated. Due to the nature of our work, we can announce complete financial reports once all obligations undertaken by the manufacturers of medical equipment are duly fulfilled: equipment is manufactured according to our requirements, delivered and installed at the hospitals we selected, and, if required the medical personnel should be trained on how to use the new devices. In the case of sophisticated devices, such as CT or MRI scanners, which require separate suites to be installed at hospitals, the process between the initial purchase and actual delivery of equipment can be extended. That is why the process of our financial reporting takes up to a year and a half.
25th Grand Finale took place in January 2017. The medical objective of the public fundraiser was supporting paediatric hospitals and helping geriatric wards provide elderly patients with medical care in dignified conditions. We raised PLN 105 570 801, 49 (over EUR 25 000 000). Today we can publish the complete financial report of the 25th Grand Finale because all contracts were duly fulfilled and all pieces of equipment are currently working in public hospitals across Poland.
The majority of funds raised at the 25th Grand Finale went towards the purchase of hospital beds for paediatric wards, electrocardiographs, ultrasonography machines, infusion and large volume pumps - equipment donated to children's hospitals in the country. We donated over 5 000 pieces of furniture so that parents accompanying their children at hospitals can rest and bond with children.
We donated equipment for PLN 25 327 142, 11 to geriatric and long-term care units. We bought 2086 beds, 400 wheelchairs, 115 inhalers, 117 syringe pumps, and 722 anti bedsore mattresses.
26th Grand Finale took place in January 2018. We raised money to ensure equal access to neonatal care for all children born in Poland - we aimed to buy modern medical devices for neonatal units across the country. The charity drive brought PLN 126 373 804, 34 (over EUR 37 000 000). Today, we can publish a partial financial report of the 26th Grand Finale. It means that we are still waiting on some contracts to be fulfilled and equipment to be installed.
The majority of the money went towards the purchase of closed incubators, transport incubators, neonatal resuscitation units, volume infusion pumps and hundreds of medical devices which are essential when saving the lives of the youngest patients. We bought equipment for PLN 91.862.895,72. We were able to donate equipment to nearly all neonatal wards in Poland.
27th Grand Finale took place in January 2019. That record-breaking fundraiser aimed to support paediatric wards. We raised PLN 175 938 717,46 (over EUR 46 000 000). The Orchestra used PLN 152 217 365,18 to buy 9 MRI scanners, 13 CT scanners, 15 RTG machines, equipment for MRI suites. The charity effectively replaced old scanners, which have been donated to hospitals years before. Part of the funds went towards financing medical initiatives, educational programme and purchase of rehabilitation equipment. PLN 2 380 146,04 was set aside for additional purchases, which will take place in the upcoming year.
Come December all payments made in aid of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity will go towards the objective of the 28th Grand Finale fundraiser. It means that you can already make your first donation and help us buy medical equipment for children's hospitals across the country.
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.