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Our history

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity

1993
  • 1ST GRAND FINALE, 3 JANUARY 1993
    Fundraiser theme

    Children's cardiac surgery and treatment. 

     

    Funds raised

    1 535 440,68 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    We have purchased cardiac monitors, incubators, AEDs, infusion pumps, pulse oximeters, ventilators, CPAP equipment. 

  • Foundation established in March

    The Foundation has been officially established in 1993, after the first ever, extremely successful fundraiser. The initiators of the action decided that they needed to establish an official entity to manage the funds and donations.  

1994
  • Revolution in Polish neonatology

    We have decided to support Polish doctors with 160 incubators for neonatal wards across the country, so we have contributed to a rapid leap in neonatal care in Poland. 

  • 2ND GRAND FINALE, 2ND JANUARY 1994
    Fundraiser theme

    Neonatology

     

    Funds raised

    1 930 726,93 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    We have purchased neonatal resuscitation units, infusion pumps, pulse oximeters, CPAP equipment, phototherapy lamps, ventilators, ultrasonography machines, cardiac monitors. 

1995
  • Our first MRI

    Something we are still very proud of - first MRI scanner has been officially unveiled in 1995. 

  • July - First ever Woodstock Festival Poland

    We descend on Czymanowo to hold first ever Woodstock Festival Poland. Inspired by what went on in the US in the 60s we aim to resurrect the ideas of peace, love, and friendship. 

  • 3RD GRAND FINALE - 8TH JANUARY 1995
    Fundraiser theme

    Paediatric oncology

     

    Funds raised

    2 816 465,36 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    paediatric colonofiberosocope

    MRI

    haematology analysers

    device for flow cytofluorometry

    ultrasound

    a set of devices for video-gastroscopy

    cardiac monitors

    infusion pumps

    ultrasonic surgical aspirator

    set for electro-surgery 

     the radiation therapy machine

    microscopes

    needles, vascuports, catheters

1997
  • 157 aid transports for southern Poland

    We have sent 157 lorries with aid for flood-stricken regions in the south of the country. 

  • 5TH GRAND FINALE - 5TH JANUARY 1997
    Fundraiser theme

    Children's cardiac diseases. 

     

    Funds raised

    3 062 067,29 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         cardiac monitors 

    ·         incubators 

    ·         syringe drives 

    ·         defibrillator

    ·         manual resuscitators 

    ·         CPAP machines

    ·         ECGs

    ·         pulse oximeters

    ·         surgical instruments 

    ·         aspirators

1998
  • 6TH GRAND FINALE - 4TH JANUARY 1998
    Fundraiser theme

    Treatment of children - victims of accidents and collisions. 

     

    Funds raised

    3 543 276,74 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    We have purchased: 

    ·         ambulances 

    ·         spinal boards

    ·         scoop stretchers 

    ·         paediatric cervical collars 

    ·         manual resuscitators 

    ·         laryngoscopes

    ·         universal head immobilizers 

    ·         cardiac monitors 

    ·         operating tables 

    ·         mobile x-ray machines 

    ·         x-ray machines with c-arm 

    ·         orthopedic hospital beds 

    ·         infusion pumps 

    ·         orthoses 

    ·         anaesthesia devices

    ·         rehabilitation beds 

    ·         surgery tools

    ·        eletrosurgical equipment 

  • Woodstock Festival Poland 1998

    The fourth edition of the festival took place in Żary on 7-9.08.1998. 

1999
  • Medical aid for refugees

    We have organized a direct aid convoy for Albanian refugees. Despite many obstacles, we have managed to deliver medicine to their camp. 

  • 7TH GRAND FINALE - 10TH JANUARY 1999
    Fundraiser theme

    Neonatology

     

    Funds raised

    4 515 020,82 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         incubators 

    ·         mobile RTGs

    ·         pulse oximeters 

    ·         resuscitation units 

    ·         devices for capillary blood testing 

    ·         cardiac monitors

     

    Golden Heart number 1

    This lot was worth 333.333,33 USD. 

  • Woodstock Festival Poland 1999

    The fifth edition of the festival took place in Żary on 6-7.08.1999. 

2000
  • 8TH GRAND FINALE - 9TH JANUARY 2000
    Fundraiser theme

    Children's kidney diseases

     

    Funds raised

    6 089 390,91 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         devices for automatic peritoneal dialysis

    ·         water treatment systems for dialysis

    ·         sterile ambulances for transport 

    ·         plasmapheresis-hemofiltration machines

    ·         devices for urodynamic testing

    ·         devices for re-utilization of hemodialysis machines 

    ·         paediatric cystoscope

    ·         infusion pumps 

    ·         cardiac monitors 

    ·         hemodialysis machines

    ·         flow cytometry devices

    ·         devices for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

     

  • Christmas & Easter Concerts at the National Opera House

    We held two beautiful concerts at the wonderful building of the National Opera House in Warsaw. 

  • Wild Woodstock 2000

    Wild Woodstock took place in Lębork. City authorities backed out from hosting the festival, but the festival-goers arrived there anyway. 

2001
  • Nationwide Retinopathy of Prematurity Prevention programme launched

    We have established a medical programme aiming to ensure that we can treat and prevent eye defects caused by premature birth. We have purchased laser surgery equipment and establish specialistic units across the country. 

  • Nationwide Programme for Personal Insulin Treatment of Children with Diabetes launched

    We decided to improve the quality of life of youngest patients with diabetes by renting them personal insulin pumps. The programme has been soon taken over the Ministry of Health, and we are proud to say that our initiative has been going strong! 

  • 9TH GRAND FINALE - 7TH JANUARY 2001
    Fundraiser theme

    Diagnostics of newborns and children under 5 y/o. 

     

    Funds raised

    6 112 642,74 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         universal digital colour Doppler ultrasounds 

    ·         premium digital colour Doppler ultrasounds 

    ·         440 devices to screen otoacoustic emission for neonatological wards 

    ·         22 sonometers 

    ·         42 devices to measure otoacoustic emission

    ·         10 devices to perform pure tone audiometry 

    ·         32 devices to measure auditory evoked potential 

    ·         8 devices to match and test acoustic parameters of hearing aids

    ·         8 devices to programme hearing aids 

    ·         16 devices to measure motion visual evoked potential 

    ·         60 ophthalmoscopes 

    ·         7 ILDs 

    ·         insulin pumps 

    ·         additional purchase within the framework of our medical programmes and individual help

     

    Charitable auctions

    We have raised 113 222,76 PLN at through our charitable auctions. 

  • Woodstock Festival Poland 2001

    The seventh edition of the festival took place in Żary on 11-12.08.2001. 

  • Christmas Concerts in Warsaw and in Wrocław

    We got to celebrate Christmas with our friends in the atmosphere of music and creativity! 

2002
  • We begin to support hospices

    Having considered the needs of children's hospices we decided to purchase cars to help doctors and professionals reach their little patients in their own homes. 

  • 10TH GRAND FINALE, 13 JANUARY 2002
    Fundraiser theme

    Treating congenital defects in children. 

     

    Funds raised

    6 848 998,85 USD

      

    Equipment purchased

    · 15 mini vans for patient and equipment transport

    ·         32 mobile neonates treatment stands (DRAGER)

    ·         17 anaesthetic machine (DATEX OHMEDA)

    ·         15 basic neonatal ventilators (DRAGER) 

    ·         6 high-frequency ventilators (DUTCHMED)

    ·         24 high-frequency ventilators (DRAGER)

    ·         32 phototherapy incubators (DRAGER) 

    ·         47 invasive monitors (PHILIPS) 

    ·         13 non-invasive monitors (PHILIPS)

    ·         30 pulse oximeters (TYCO) 

    ·         100 syringe drives (DUTCHMED)

    ·         105 syringe drives (DRAGER)

    ·         76 volume pumps (AESCULAP-CHIFA)

    ·         4 C-arm X-rays (TIMKO)

    ·         6 sets of electrosurgical instruments (ERBE Polska) 

    ·         3 anaesthetic delivery units (nitrous oxide) (DUTCHMED)

    ·         3 transport incubators (AXMEDITEC)

    ·         13 surgical lamps and 2 sets of surgical head-lights (ERBE)

    ·         45 electric suction pumps (ERES Medical) 

    ·         15 water heating mattresses (AxMediTec) 

    ·         insulin pumps 

    ·         equipment for our medical and individual help programmes

     

    Charitable auctions

    Our charitable auctions brought  388 918,28 PLN. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered 836 Collection Centres in Poland and 7 Collection Centres (Tripoli, Berlin, Athens, Chicago, Toronto, New Jersey)

    We have been joined by 85 000 volunteers, and each of them received 200 heart stickers. They have used 120 000 cardboard boxes to collect donations.  The youngest volunteer was just 3 months old! 

  • Nationwide Newborn Hearing Screening programme launched

    We have launched what has proven to be the best nationwide medical initiative in the world. We can now ensure that each child born in Poland has its hearing tested. 

  • Woodstock Festival Poland 2002

    The eighth edition of the festival took place in Żary on 2-3.08.2002. 

     

2003
  • Memorial coin

    First ever unique coin gets introduced into circulation - it's a lucky holed coin. We also receive a collector's item -  a silver 10 PLN coin. 

  • Nationwide Programme for Noninvasive Respiratory Support of Newborns launched

    At first, we dubbed this programme 'Infant Flow' and it continues to revolutionize the methods of providing breathing support to newborns. 

  • 11TH GRAND FINALE, 12 JANUARY 2003
    Fundraiser theme

    Neonatal and paediatric units. 

     

    Funds raised

    7 695 614,16 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         100 newborn scales 

    ·         111 scales with growth rods 

    ·         250 hospital baby cots 

    ·         50  beds for paediatric units 

    ·         213 pulse oximeters

    ·         609 syringe drivers 

    ·         69 enteral nutrition pumps 

    ·         150 electric aspirators 

    ·         200 inhalators 

    ·         315 non-invasive monitors (PHILIPS)

    ·         45 incubators (DUTCHMED) 

    ·         300 glucometers (JOHNSON & JOHNSON) 

    ·         12 ultrasounds (PHILIPS) 

    ·         equipment for endoscopy labs (OLYMPUS)

    ·         6 surgical navigation systems with gastroscopes

    ·         9 paediatric video-gastroscopes 

    ·         2 video-gastroscopes for neonates 

    ·         5 paediatric video-colonoscopes 

    ·         4 paediatric fiberoptic gastroscopes

    ·         3 paediatric colonoscopes 

    ·         5 endoscopic washer-disinfectors (OLYMPUS)

    ·         3 endoscopic washer-disinfectors (OLYMPUS) ETD-3 

    ·         2 endoscopic electro-surgery units (ERBE)

    ·         10 pH metres (SYNECPOL)

    ·         5 bronchofiberscope (MEDIM) 

    ·         100 ECG devices (ASPEL)

    ·         30 RR holter monitors (ASPEL) 

    ·         8 ECG holter monitors (Ado-Med) 

    ·         insulin pumps 

    ·         equipment for our medical and individual help programmes 

     

    Charitable auctions

    Charitable auctions have brought 697 265,79 PLN. 

     

    Golden Heart & Golden Card

    Golden Heart number 3 has been purchased for 87 000 PLN & Golden Card number 1 has been auctioned off for 77 777 PLN. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered 1 047 Collection Centres in Poland and 13 Collection Centres have been formed abroad (Gerlitz, Český Těšín, Berlin, Saloniki, Athens, Tripolis, Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, Vancouver, Londyn, Corciano - municipality in Italy). We have been joined by 100 000 volunteers! 

     

  • Woodstock Festival Poland 2003

    The ninth edition of the festival took place in Żary on 1-2.08.2003. 

2004
  • Szadowo-Młyn opened

    Our training centre, located in the beautiful area surrounding the town of Kwidzyn, will welcome thousands of future volunteers in the coming years. 

  • Nationwide Programme for Personal Insulin Pump Treatment of Pregnant Women with Diabetes launched

    We decided to help women with diabetes to have a healthy pregnancy which would result in the birth of a healthy infant by launching an initiative of renting personal insulin pumps to mothers-to-be. 

  • The Foundation registered as public benefit organization in Poland

    We were entered into the register as a public benefit organization on September the first. 

  • First hospital ward named after the Foundation

    When we were asked by a Krakow hospital about lending our name to their neonatal ward, we could not have been more honoured to give our consent. 

  • First memorial stamp

    We were delighted to serve as an inspiration for a memorial stamp, issued by the Polish Post. The first stamp depicted beautiful sunflowers. The post has designed 7 different stamps since then. 

  • 12TH GRAND FINALE, 11 JANUARY 2004
    Fundraiser theme

    Neonatology and paediatric wards. 

     

    Funds raised

     6 923 443,22 USD

     

    Charitable auctions

    We have raised 667 915,65 PLN. 

     

    Golden Card & Golden Medal

    Golden Card number 1 has been auctioned off for 30 000 PLN while first ever Golden Medal, commemorating our Newborn Hearing Screening Programme, has raised 30 000 PLN. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered 1167 Collection Centres and 20 Collection Centres were established abroad (Berlin, Chicago, New York, Athens, Toronto, Philadelphia, Detroit, London, Freiburg, Vancouver, in Egypt, Kuwait, and in Polish zone in Iraq). 

  • Woodstock Festival Poland 2004

    The tenth edition of the festival took place in Kostrzyn nad Odrą on 30-31.07.2004. 

2005
  • Humanitarian aid for Sri Lanka

    After the tsunami struck Sri Lanka, we decided to help people affected by this natural disaster and bought equipment for 5 hospitals in the area. 

  • We begin to work with AHA

    We invited specialists and instructors from American Heart Association to teach us first aid, marking the beginning of very effective cooperation. 

  • 13TH GRAND FINALE, 9 JANUARY 2005
    Fundraiser theme

    Modern diagnostic methods in neonatology and paediatrics. 

     

    Funds raised

    9 864 292,87 USD. 

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         20 ultrasound (PHILIPS)

    ·         26 cardiotocographs (PHILIPS)

    ·         109 closed incubators (DUTCHMED)

    ·         29 intensive care closed incubators (GE MS POLSKA)

    ·         14 open incubators (DRAGER)

    ·         22 resuscitation units for newborns (DUTCHMED)

    ·         insulin pumps 

    ·         equipment for our medical and individual help programmes 

     

    Golden Card & Golden Medal

    Golden Card number 1 fetched 34 000 PLN, while the Golden Medal, commemorating our retinopathy prevention and treatment initiative, fetched 180 000 PLN. 

     

    Charitable auctions

    We have raised  738 147,73 PLN through our charitable auctions. The funds have gone towards sending aid to the regions of Sri Lanka struck by the tsunami. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered 1270 Collection Centres in Poland and 19 Collection Centres took part in the fundraiser abroad (Rijad in Saudi Arabia, New Westminster, Mississauga in Canada,  Athens, Berlin, Freiburg, Los Angeles, New Britain, Schaumburg, Detroit, New York - Pomona, Chicago, Brussels, Tripolis, Kairo, Vienna, Peterborough, Stockholm, and all military bases in Iraq. 

    We have managed to purchase 1020 pieces of equipment. 

     

  • 1% Tax Donation

    We used money raised in 1% tax donation drive to boy 100 AEDs. We donated the defibrillators to various public places, such as museums. 

  • Woodstock Festival Poland 2005

    The eleventh edition of the festival took place in Kostrzyn nad Odrą on 5-6 August 2005. 

2006
  • CPR for Schools Programme launched

    The educational programme introduces the basics of CPR and first aid to primary school children. Our AHA-qualified instructors educate teachers, who in turn teach children how they can save lives. The Foundation provides training and teaching materials for free. 

  • 'Get Even with Diabetes' initiative launched

    In cooperation with major food manufacturers, we decided that it was high time to make diabetics' life easier and introduce handy insulin intake dosages on the packaging. 

  • 120 AEDs

    In a bid to promote the use of automated electric defibrillators, we have purchased first 120 machines for different public institutions in the country, such as museums, train stations, universities. 

  • Supporting fire services

    After a fatal accident in Katowice we decided to support first responders on the scene - Polish fire services. 

  • 14TH GRAND FINALE, 8 JANUARY 2006
    Fundraiser theme

    Treatment of children - victims of traffic accidents and collisions and first aid education. 

     

    Funds raised

     9 660 691,00 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         120 AEDs

    ·         3 video probes 

    ·         4 devices used to locate people trapped under rubble

    ·         2 four-wheel vehicles with trailers 

    ·         lightweight system for building stabilisation

    ·         heavy-duty system for building stabilisation

    ·         hydraulic rescue equipment

    ·         hydraulic rescue actuators 

    ·         5 lighting units

    ·         5 GPS sets 

    ·         power hammer for cutting through concrete 

    ·         5 PSP R1 sets  

    ·         saw for 

    ·         200 personal insulin pumps (MEDTRONIC)

    ·         200 personal insulin pumps (ROCHE) 

    ·         100 personal insulin pumps (AKME) 

    ·         13 RTG devices with C-arm (SIEMENS)

    ·         4 bedside RTGs (PHILIPS)

    ·         11 orthopaedic operating table (MEDEN)

    ·         18 orthopaedic surgery power tools (AESCULAP)

    ·         1 set of extended orthopaedic surgery power tools (STRYKER)

    ·         1 set of orthopaedic micro power tools (SYNTHES)

    ·         13 sets of instruments for intramedullary rod operations (SYNTHES) 

    ·         22 external fixation frames (STRYKER)

    ·         16 dermatomes (COMESA)

    ·         70 orthopaedic traction beds (FAMED ŻYWIEC)

    ·         insulin pumps 

    ·         equipment purchased for our medical and individual help programmes

     

    Charitable auctions

    Our charitable auctions fetched 955 485,38 PLN.

     

    Golden Card & Golden Medal

    Golden Card number 1 fetched 50 000 PLN and the Golden Medal, celebrating our non-invasive ventilation initiative, has raised 955 485,38 PLN.

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered almost 1400 Collection Centres in Poland and 24 Collection Centres were established abroad ( Detroit, New York - Pomona, Schaumburg, Minneapolis, New Britain, Edinburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal, Ottawa, Mississauga, Vancouver, Stockholm, London, Dublin, Oberhausen, 3 Collection Centres in Berlin, Freiburg, Vienna, Kairo). 

    We have been joined by almost 120 thousand volunteers! 

     

  • 1% Tax Donation

    We bought 120 AEDs and supported the launch of our CPR for Schools initiative with the money raised in 1% tax donation drive. 

  • Woodstock Festival Poland 2006

    The twelfth edition of the festival took place in Kostrzyn nad Odrą on 28-29.07.2006.  

2007
  • 15TH GRAND FINALE - 14TH JANUARY 2007
    Fundraiser theme

    Saving and treating children - victims of accidents and collisions. 

     

    Funds raised

    9 349 814,65 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         150 personal insulin pumps (MEDTRONIC)

    ·         150 personal insulin pumps (AKME)

    ·         100 personal insulin pumps (Roche)

    ·         14 sonograph (ultrasound machines) for paediatric orthopaedics (KOSMED) 

    ·         Mechanical surgery suction pump (OGARIT) 

    ·         190 syringe infusion pumps (DRÄGER)

    ·         43 large volume infusion pumps (DUTCHMED) 

    ·         14 paediatric wheelchairs (STRYKER) 

    ·         38 paediatric pulse oximeters (DIAGNOS) 

    ·         82 cardiac monitors (PHILIPS) 

    ·         11 anaesthetic sets for paediatrics  (GE MEDICAL SYSTEMS) 

    ·         46 insulin pumps 

    ·         equipment purchased for individual and medical programmes 

     

    Golden Card & Golden Medal

    The Golden Medal, commemorating the launch of our Personal Insulin Treatment Programme for children has fetched 170 000 PLN, while the Golden Card has brought us 31 313 PLN. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered 1500 Collection Centres in Poland and 36 Collection Centres played with us abroad ( Leeds, London x2, Peterborough, Crewe, Reading, Sofia, Ottawa x2, Mississauga, Montreal, Vancouver, Athens,Diwaniya, Dublin x2, Cork, Vilnius, Tulancingo HGO, Oberhausen, Berlin x3, Hamburg, Krefeld-Essen, Freiburg, Belgrad, Edinburgh, Lviv, Schaumburg, Pomona, Detroit, Hamtramck, Schaumburg, Troy, New Britain) and there were 120 000 volunteers helping the cause. 

     

  • Woodstock Festival Poland 2007

    The thirteenth edition of the festival took place in Kostrzyn nad Odrą on 3-4.08.2007.  

2008
  • 16TH GRAND FINALE -13TH JANUARY, 2008
    Fundraiser theme

    Paediatric laryngology. 

     

    Funds raised

    13 883 627,13 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         7 surgical microscopes 

    ·         22 sets for endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery 

    ·         6 sets for endoscopic laryngeal surgery

    ·         24 endoscopes 

    ·         51 nasolaryngoscopes 

    ·         4 sets of tools for ear microsurgery 

    ·         4 sets of tools for larynx microsurgery 

    ·         5 devices for video stroboscopes

    ·         9 devices for rhinomanometry

    ·         9 otologic drills 

    ·         12 cardiac monitors 

    ·         1 portable x-ray machine 

    ·         1 USG machine 

    ·         20 suction devices for surgery 

    ·         13 ultrasonic inhalers 

    ·         13 pulse oximeters 

    ·         6 anaesthetic machines 

    ·         2 respirators 

    ·         1 polysomnography device 

    ·         3  surgery loupes 

    ·         laminar flow cabinet 

     

    Golden Heart & Golden Card

    Golden Heart number 1 fetched 312 000 PLN and Golden Card sold for 55 000 PLN. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered 1500 Collection Centres in Poland and 34 Collection Centres played with us abroad (Sharana, Bedford, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Torquay, High Wycombe, Peterborough, Leicester, Nottingham, London, Rijad, Sofia, Athens, Ad Diwaniyah, Galway, Cork, Dublin, Camp Ziouani, Mississauga/Ontario, Ottawa, Montreal, Kaiserslautern, Oberhausen, Berlin, OsnabruEdinburghburg, Glasgow, Pomona, Clearwater, 2 Collection Centres in Schaumburg, Chicago, New Britain, Hamtramck, Fort Lauderdale). We have been joined by 120 thousand volunteers who used 120 thousand cardboard boxes. There were almost 27 thousand auctions listed in benefit of the fundraiser and they fetched almost 1 300 000 PLN! 

     

2009
  • Nationwide Programme for Early Cancer Diagnosis in Children launched

    We launched our new medical initiative setting a new goal for Polish oncology to diagnose cancer and begin its treatment as soon as it is possible. We believe that it would increase the chances of curing the smallest patients. 

  • 17TH GRAND FINALE
    Fundraiser theme

    Early cancer diagnosis in children. 

     

    Funds raised

    11 011 771,01 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·      10 medical suction pumps 

    ·      10 syringe infusion pumps 

    ·      3 life support machines 

    ·      equipment for rehabilitation

    ·      5 oxygen concentrators

    ·      80 ultrasonograph machines 

    ·       7 x-rays 

    Purchase of equipment for our medical and educational programmes. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered 1500 Collection Centres in Poland and there were Collection Centres playing with us across the globe in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Greece, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Austria, Egypt, Germany, Norway, USA & both Poles f the Earth! We have been joined by 120 thousand volunteers! 

     

2010
  • 'STOP THE FLOODS' initiative

    Poland has been struck by some disastrous floods. In a bid to provide first responders with necessary equipment, we have held a unique summer fundraiser. Our generous donors received blue hearts in return for their donations. 

  • 18TH GRAND FINALE - 10TH JANUARY 2010
    Fundraiser theme

    Purchase of equipment for children's oncology. 

     

    Funds raised

    14 090 521,06 USD

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·          60 high-class ultrasound systems 

    ·         18 premium class ultrasound systems 

    ·         7 digital fluoroscopy and radiography devices 

    ·         3 anaesthetic delivery units for NMR lab

    ·         9 monitors for magnetic resonance lab

    ·          6 CT scanners 

    ·         4 systems for flow cytometry 

    ·         1 neuronavigation set 

    ·         1 SPECT camera 

    ·         2 cardiac monitors 

    ·         32 infusion pumps 

    ·         12 pulse oxymeters 

    ·         hybridization system 

    ·         heated bath 

    ·         immunohistopathology equipment 

    ·         laboratory freezer 

    Purchases of equipment for our medical and educational programmes. 

     

    Golden Heart & Golden Card

    The Golden Heart number 1 has fetched 1 110 000  PLN, while the Golden Card number 1 has been sold for 225 000 PLN. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered 15000 Collection Centres in Poland and we have been joined by Collection Centres in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Austria, Egypt, German, Norway, the US, and both Poles of the Earth! We received the support of 120 000  volunteers! 

     

2012
  • TVN broadcasts the Grand Finale

    Commercial giant - TVN television decides to broadcast the Grand Finale. 

  • Heart-shaped coin

    Another commemorative coin had a truly unique shape of a heart. Another collector's coin featured a rockin' design of guitar. 

  • Braille typewriters for children in Africa

    We decided to deliver special Braille typewriters for visually impaired pupils of Rwandan school. 

  • 20TH GRAND FINALE - 9TH JANUARY 2012
    Fundraiser theme

    Purchase of personal insulin pumps for pregnant women with diabetes & neonatal care equipment. 

     

    Funds raised

    50 638 801,30 PLN 

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         5 tissue oximeters (NZ TECHNO)

    ·         41 hybrid unit incubators (DUTCHMED)

    ·         29 closed incubators for intensive care (PROMED)

    ·         43 resuscitation units for newborns (DUTCHMED)

    ·         43 devices for non-invasive ventilation of newborns (DUTCHMED)

    ·         5 oscillatory ventilators (DUTCHMED) 

    ·         12 ventilators with automatic oxygen regulation (DUTCHMED)

    ·         20 neonatal ventilators (MAQUET)

    ·         46 neonatal cardiac monitors (PHILIPS; DIAGNOS)

    ·         29 transcutaneous monitors (RADIOMETER) 

    ·         31 neonatal ultrasonography devices (SIEMENS; PHILIPS) 

    ·         170 Paradigm Veo pumps (MEDTRONIC)

    ·         286 Paradigm 722 pumps (MEDTRONIC)

     

    Golden Heart & Golden Card

    Golden Heart number 1 fetched 127 777 PLN and Golden Card number 1 sold for 65.000 PLN.

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered 17000 Collection Centres, with 51 Collection Centres active abroad (Afghanistan, Spain, Sweden, Canada, the US, Italy). We have been joined by 120 000 volunteers. They have been given 35 000 000 heart stickers. The most successful Collection Centre was based in Łódź and the team of 794 volunteers has raised 832 692,42 PLN.

     

2013
  • Now! Go Online

    We held a conference on how NGOs can make use of new media, the internet and social networks in their work. 

  • Telling 'Teddy's Tale'

    We have zero tolerance for violence towards children and we decided to make it clear by hosting a 'Teddy's Tale' initiative for the first time. The idea was to display injured and bandaged toys in public places to draw the attention to this burning issue. 

  • Nobel Peace Prize Summit Medal for Jurek

    Jurek Owsiak received a medal from the hands of Muhammad Yunus. 

  • Brand Asset Valuator

    Agency Young & Rubicam Brands discovered that the Foundation is the most recognizable brand in Poland.  

  • 21ST GRAND FINALE - 13TH JANUARY 2013
    Fundraiser theme

    Saving lives of children and ensuring that patients in geriatric wards receive medical care in a dignified environment. 

     

    Funds raised

     50 657 747,68 PLN 

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         20 ultrasound scanners (PHILIPS) 

    ·         234 electric adjustable beds with mattresses  - 90 cm width -  with bedside cabinets (REHA BED)

    ·         310 electric adjustable beds with mattresses  - 100 cm width -  with bedside cabinets (REHA BED)

    ·         41 anti-bedsores mattresses - 90 cm width - (Real)

    ·         93 anti-bedsores mattresses - 100 cm width - (Real)

    ·         4 densitometers (GE) 

    ·         57 infusion pumps (MEDIMA) 

    ·         18 portable aspirators (MEDELA)

    ·         27 nebulizers (ERES MEDICAL) 

    ·         22 electrocardiographs (BTL)

    ·         20 spirometres (BTL)

    ·         21 Holter monitors (BTL) 

    ·         21 Holter pressure monitors (BTL)

    ·         36 stand assist devices for mobility rehabilitation (ALREH)

    ·         12 physio trainers (KALMED)

    ·         40 chair scales (DUTCHMED)

    ·         40 bath chairs (AJOHUNTLEIGH)

    ·         45 XXL wheelchairs with tilt (AKSON)

    ·         53 point-of-care rehabilitation devices - PUR (Akson) 

    ·         47 hydraulic patient hoists (ARJOHUNTLEIGH) 

    ·         62 cardiac monitors (PHILIPS)

    ·         177 bilirubin meters (DRÄGER) 

    ·         148 closed incubators (DRÄGER) 

    ·         175 cardiac monitors 

    ·         164 lamps for phototherapy of newborns (PHILIPS)

    ·         153 resuscitation units for newborns (DRÄGER)

     

    Golden Heart Auction

    Golden Heart number 1 has fetched 150 000 PLN. 

     

2014
  • The 'Good Site on the Internet' launched

    A portal aiming to collect and document all the "good sides" of the World Wide Web. Focusing on relevant third sector digital initiatives we aim to showcase the best practices we stumbled upon online. 

  • Emergency dispatchers

    In cooperation with Ministry of Health, we launch the work of joint committee aiming to improve the procedures followed by emergency dispatchers in Poland. 

  • 22ND GRAND FINALE - 12TH JANUARY 2014
    Fundraiser theme

    Children's emergency medicine and providing dignified medical care for elderly patients. 

     

    Funds raised

    52 448 765,49 PLN.

     

    Equipment purchased

    ·         38 reclining wheelchairs (RMR) 

    ·         2 Toshiba CT scanners (TMS) 

    ·         10 flexible endoscopes (VARIMED)

    ·         7 bronchoscopes (MEDIM) 

    ·         17 anaesthetic machinehesia delivery systems (DIAGNOS) 

    ·         6 microprobes (RADIOMETER)

    ·         30 vein locators (FHU INVESTMED)

    ·         68 portable monitoring devices (PHILIPS)

    ·         34 laryngoscopes for difficult intubations (MEDICOM)

    ·         9 warming units (COVIDIEN)

    ·         34 ultrasound scanners (MIRO)

    ·         10 RTG devices with C-arm (OK MEDICAL SYSTEMS) 

    ·         31 transport ventilators (EKOMARK) 

     

    Golden Heart & Golden Card

    Golden Heart number 1 fetched  100 000 PLN and the corresponding Golden Heart number 1 has been sold for 50 000 PLN. 

     

2015
  • Music Industry Awards in LA

    Jurek Owsiak was lauded as the best festival promoter during the prestigious Music Industry Awards in Los Angeles. 

  • 23RD GRAND FINALE - 11TH JANUARY 2015
    Fundraiser theme

    Paediatrics, children's oncology and providing dignified medical care to patients in geriatric units. 

     

    Funds raised

    53 109 702,83 PLN

     

    Golden Heart & Golden Card

    Golden Heart number 1 fetched 222 000 PLN while Golden Card number 1 was sold for 60 000 PLN. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have registered 1800 Collection Centres playing with us both in Poland and abroad. There were 120 000 volunteers and we have provided them with 35 million red heart stickers. 

2016
  • GOCC on the map

    We have been delighted to hear about a community initiative to name a charming cul-de-sac after our Foundation. The street named after the charity is located in Oborniki Śląskie.  

  • 500 000 children tested

    We have celebrated 5 million children having been tested for hearing defects in Poland. We are so happy to be there to welcome them into the world! 

  • 24TH GRAND FINALE - 10TH JANUARY 2016
    Fundraiser theme

    Supporting children's emergency medicine and geriatric and long-term care. 

     

    Funds raised

    72 696 501,53 PLN

     

    Golden Heart & Golden Card

    Golden Heart number 1 fetched  670 000 PLN and Golden Card number 1 was sold for 165 000 PLN. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    W have broken a record when it comes to card and phone donations - we have raised over 500 000 PLN! 

     

2017
  • Anniversary Grand Finale

    Our 25th fundraiser was unique for many reasons. It took place in a specially designed studio in central Warsaw and, what is more important, it brought about a fabulous, record breaking sum - all in aid of children's medicine and geriatrics!  

  • 25TH GRAND FINALE - 15TH JANUARY 2017
    Fundraiser theme

    Supporting paediatrics and providing dignified medical care for patients in geriatric units. 

     

    Funds raised

    105 570 801,49 PLN

     

    Golden Heart & Golden Card

    Golden Heart number 1 fetched 333 333 PLN and Golden Card number 1 was sold for 50 000 PLN. 

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    We have played with 180 000 volunteers and our charitable orchestra has been present from Japan to Chicago. We have registered 1200 Collection Centres in Poland and abroad! 

2018
  • 26TH GRAND FINALE - 14.01.2018
    Fundraiser theme

    Equal access to medical care for all newborn babies.

     

    Funds raised

    Primary amount: 81 423 542 PLN.

    The final amount will be officially revealed on March the 8th.

     

    Golden Heart & Golden Card

    Golden Heart number 1 fetched 488 888 PLN and Golden Card number 1 was sold for 100 000 PLN.

     

    Grand Finale in numbers

    Throughout the day of the Grand Finale channels of the TVN Group attracted almost 13 million viewers in front of TV screens, but the Finale was also heard on the Internet. More than one million mentions have been made in the network regarding the 26th Grand Finale.

    The servers of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, located in the Atende cloud, served more than a million unique users, responding to more than 118 million queries (HIT) and sending 6.3 TB of data.

    More than 8.5 million PLN were collected in e-collections and auctions organized online and served by PayU service. Card payments reached over one milion PLN.

     

2019
  • Programme for Paediatric Rheumatic Diseases Diagnostics

    We launched this initiative in 2019. This new initiative aims to equip Paediatric Rheumatology Centres with medical equipment, ensuring that all children have access to professional treatment and care. We have bought sophisticated ultrasound systems for 14 Rheumatology Centres. We also aim to raise awareness and educate parents and doctors about children’s rheumatic diseases symptoms and treatment.

  • 27th GRAND FINALE - 13.01.2019

    Fundraiser theme: purchase of medical equipment for specialized paediatric hospitals 

    The preliminary result of the fundraiser: PLN 92 143 798 

    Result of the fundraiser: PLN 175 938 717, 56 

  • Billion Raised!

    In 27 years of our activity, we have raised over PLN 1 000 000 000! 

2020
  • 28th GRAND FINALE - 12.01.202

    Fundraiser theme: raise money to purchase equipment for children's surgery and treatment 

    The preliminary sum raised: PLN 115 362 894 

    The result of the fundraiser: PLN 186 133 610,66 

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