Poles out in droves to support annual fundraising bash
PR dla Zagranicy
Some 120,000 volunteers took to the streets of cities across Poland and abroad on Sunday for the grand finale of an annual fundraising drive called the Great Christmas Aid Orchestra.
Fundraisers collect money for the Great Christmas Aid Orchestra in Poznań, western Poland. Photo: PAP/Jakub Kaczmarczyk
Concerts were held across the country, while numerous celebrities have donated items to be sold off at auction. The drive is this year raising money for neo-natal wards in hospitals.
Fundraising runs were being held in Warsaw and over 100 other towns. Some 5,000 runners were to take part in a 5km Warsaw run, with the proceeds to be used to buy insulin pumps for pregnant women who have diabetes.
Sunday’s events were to culminate with a fireworks display in Warsaw’s downtown Defilad Square at 8pm.
The Great Christmas Aid Orchestra has been organised by impresario Jerzy Owsiak since 1993.
Last year's fundraising drive collected PLN 105.5 million (EUR 25 million) for paediatric care and for medical care for the elderly.