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Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity

Last actualisation: April 4, 2019

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Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity information

On the 14th of January, the 26th Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity Concert begins.

It is the largest non-governmental charity organization in Poland.

The leitmotiv of this year is to raise funds “for equal opportunities in the treatment of cancer”.

Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity facts
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Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity facts

1. The first finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity began on January 3, 1993.

2. On January 15, 2017, a record amount of PLN 105,570,801 was raised.

3. According to the 2014 polls, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is known by over 97% of Poles. 87% trust.

Autor: Wat

4. On July 4, 2010, an additional campaign was organized under the name “Stop floods!”. PLN 2 644 507 collected. The money was intended for co-financing units of the State Fire Service.

5. During the “Stop Flows!” handed out blue hearts.

Autor: Ymen

6. The auction in which the winner could spend the day with Donald Tusk in Brussels reached PLN 370,200.

7. In May 2013, the foundation donated 125 Braille machines, blind children from Rwanda.

8. The Foundation runs the program “We Save and Teach Rescue”, which aims to show children from the first grades of elementary school the basic life-saving activities. Teachers from over 90% of primary schools in Poland were trained.

9. On 1 September 2004, the foundation received the status of a public benefit organization.

Autor: Kasia

10. Since 2012, a motorcycle made in the United States by a mechanic Paul Teteul Jr., known from the television program “American Chopper”, is being auctioned. The winner may use it for one year for the next auction. In 2017, it was necessary to pay for it PLN 230,100.

11. For the auction of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in 2017, President Andrzej Duda together with his wife Agata issued a photo from which all Internet was laughing (greeting Mrs. President with a bishop at the airport in Balice). The winner of the auction paid PLN 200,000.

12. At the GOCC auction, Rafał Sonik quad for 150,000 PLN, where he took part in the first Dakar Rally.

13. Lunch with Robert Lewandowski was auctioned in 2017 for 101 301 PLN.

14. The most expensive Golden Heart was sold in January 2010 for PLN 1 110 000.

Autor: Ala

15. In 2007 Marta Wiśniewska, known as Mandaryna, paid PLN 550,000 to the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.

Autor: Ola

16. The Gadu-Gadu instant messenger operator offers a GG number for the auction, corresponding to the number of the Orchestra Finale being held. The number 20 was sold for PLN 50,100.

17. The transmission from the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity can be followed on TVP, TVN and Canal +, as well as on Polish Radio.

18. In 2012, the National Bank of Poland introduced 1 million zlotys and 60,000 zlotys 10 zlotys to circulation, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the operation of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.

Autor: Ola

19. At the end of the day at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw there is a fireworks display, called the Light to Heaven.

20. By 2010, the amount of money collected was given in dollars.

21. From 2014, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity’s volunteers are equipped with payment terminals.

22. In 2018, approximately 120,000 volunteers will collect money.

Autor: Lidka

23. On January 13, 2019, in Gdansk, just before 8 pm, during the “Light to Heaven” of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, a man with a knife ran in on the stage and several times he stabbed the Mayor of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz.

Autor: Marta

Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity questions

What does the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity mean?
Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.

Odpowiedź: Ola

When and where was the WOŚP foundation founded?
The WOŚP Foundation was founded in Warsaw on March 2, 1993.

Odpowiedź: Ola

Who is the founder of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity?
we’re waiting for a response…

Odpowiedź: Ola

Who and when invented the name Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy?
The name was invented by Jerzy Owsiak. He used the name for the first time in the TV program “Do what you want” in December 1991.

Odpowiedź: Ola

What are Golden Hearts?
They are hearts made of gold from melted rings, chains, earrings that have been collected. Every year during the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is their auction. The author of the model of the heart is Mennica Polska.

Odpowiedź: Ola

What are the money collected at the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity issued?
The collected money is spent on the purchase of medical equipment, as well as on educational and upbringing activities.

Odpowiedź: Ola

Do the hospitals fully use the equipment received?
Unfortunately, this is a problem. Hospitals often have no money for expensive repairs, exchange of materials, or lack of trained doctors who can use them.

Odpowiedź: ADRX

How is money collected for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity?
Money is collected by volunteers on city streets and villages to special cans, various charity auctions, concerts, cultural and sports events are organized.

Odpowiedź: MR

How else can you support the foundation?
By handing over 1% of income tax, children’s hospices are supported.

Odpowiedź: MR

How many collectively did you collect money at the collections of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity?
From 1993 to 2017, a total of PLN 827 392 836 was collected (1 $ = 3,8 PLN).

Odpowiedź: MR

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