Each year we finish the day of the Grand Finale fundraiser with a preliminary amount of money we collected in aid of our charity. The sum is preliminary because it is based on the estimated amount raised by our volunteers, our online auctions and other means of support.
27th Grand Finale
HELPING IS CHILD’S PLAY
WE HELP LITTLE KIDS BY PURCHASING EQUIPMENT FOR SPECIALIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS
27th Grand Finale charitable fundraiser will take place on Sunday, January 13th, 2019. This year we will be raising money to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for specialist children’s hospitals in Poland. There are almost 50 such medical facilities, where children suffering from serious medical conditions can be diagnosed and then treated by qualified medical staff. Little patients are referred to these hospitals from all over the country.
In order for these hospitals to provide sophisticated treatment, they require modern, and consequently, very expensive medical equipment.
In the previous years, we have committed to equipping hospitals providing primary paediatric care. After record-breaking fundraisers, we were able to help paediatric and neonatal wards across Poland. We keep donating pieces of equipment. However, we have been receiving desperate pleas for help from specialist children’s hospitals. The hospitals ask for sophisticated, expensive equipment, which is completely out of reach of local budgets and money received from the European Union is used to cover the most urgent expenses of the hospitals. Meanwhile, medicine is moving rapidly forward. New, better equipment is available and possibilities it offers are endless - in speeding up treatment and diagnosis processes. Our decision to purchase this equipment means that we will continue to improve the conditions in Polish hospitals. We will be raising money to buy the equipment for specialist children's hospitals! - Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak, medical director of the Foundation.
The charity will be focusing its attention on specialized diagnostics units - first and foremost medical imagining, radiology, and laboratory units at Polish public hospitals for children. Depending on the result of the worldwide charitable collection, the board of the Foundation might decide to broaden the scope of medical purchases and help hospitals finance bigger investments, such as MRI examination rooms and sterilization rooms for hospitals. Our main objective, however, is to make sure that the staff working at specialist hospitals have access to the devices presenting the latest developments in medical science.
Grand Finale is organized locally by groups of volunteers working in regional Collection Centres and just like in the previous years, there will be nearly 1700 Collection Centres coordinating the work of 120 000 volunteers. Collection Centres are based around the world, wherever there's a thriving Polish community looking to come together and "play" in aid of children in Poland!