Polish Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy, WOŚP
is one of the biggest, non-governmental, non-profit, charity organizations in Poland. The Grand Finale takes place on the first or second Sunday of every new year. Sponsored by many Polish and worldwide companies, it is a one-day long, nationwide, money-raising event. Volunteers from all around Poland go out on the street and collect money in special cans which are labeled with a red heart and text: "Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy" (Polish for The Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity). They also have identification cards, thanks to which anyone can report suspicious-looking people collecting money to the police without any such proof of authorization. Everyone who gives the volunteers any amount of money, gets a red heart sticker in return.
WE ARE RAISING FUNDS TOWARDS MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR CHILDREN’S EMERGENCY SERVICES, AS WELL AS THE PROVISION OF DECENT HEALTH CARE FOR THE ELDERLY.
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has officially announced the theme of The 22nd Grand Finale of GOCC. TO THE RESCUE! Buying specialist equipment for children's emergency medicine and providing decent health care for seniors.
After consultation with Prof. Piotr Kaliciński, MD, PhD, the National consultant for children’s surgery, The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation has decided to use the funds raised during the 22nd Grand Finale to buy, among others, the following medical devices:
- universal CAT-scanners enabling anesthesia in young and restless children;
- bedside X-ray machines;
- X-ray machines with C-arms and monitors;
- radiology diagnostic workstations;
- ultrasound scanners for FAST tests with power-color-Doppler function.
The final list of the devices may change after all requests submitted by hospitals have been examined.