Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity

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The Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC, Polish Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy, WOŚP) is one of the biggest, non-governmental, non-profit, charity organizations in Poland. The GOCC Foundation has American Heart Association Certification for providing courses in CPR and ECC, and use of high technology for medical lifesaving.

History[edit]

It was founded in 1993 by Jerzy Owsiak, Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak, Bohdan Maruszewski, and Piotr Burczyński. The main objective, at that time, was "Protecting Health and Saving Children's Lives by Providing Medical Equipment to Public Hospitals" (as stated in the deed of foundation). During the first Finale (for the benefit of pediatric cardio-surgery) in the same year, the Foundation collected a total of USD 1,535,440.68. Every year, millions of Poles donate their money to the Foundation and, between 1993 and 2005, they collected more than $60 million for public hospitals in Poland.

Apart from The Grand Finale, the Foundation also organizes one of the biggest rock concerts in Poland, Woodstock Festival Poland, and it started the Peace Patrol, a group of young volunteers trained in first aid by the GOCC, the Polish Red Cross and the Szadowo town police. In 2010, the Charity was paid to be 'sponsor' of Ruch Chorzów, one of Poland's top football teams.

The Grand Finale[edit]

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.

During this one day, huge parties are thrown around the country (and at other places where Polish people live). These are organized by volunteers, except for the biggest event which takes place at the Pałac Kultury i Nauki (Palace of Culture and Science) in Warsaw, and is managed by the GOCC itself. At 8 p.m. firework show is set in every city as so called 'light to heaven'.

Throughout seventeen Grand Finales, the Foundation collected over $100 million for cardio-surgery, neonatology, pediatric oncology, kidney diseases, congenital defects, newborns and children under 5 years of age.

Finale Date Project objectives Raised funds
(in USD) (in 2014 USD)
I January 3, 1993 Children's cardio-surgery 1,535,440.68 2,506,719.21
II January 2, 1994 Neonatology 1,930,726.93 3,072,083.91
III January 8, 1995 Pediatric oncology 2,816,465.36 4,359,093.69
IV January 7, 1996 Rescue of accident victims 2,543,413.59 3,824,564.42
V January 5, 1997 Children's cardio-surgery 3,062,067.29 4,498,522.16
VI January 4, 1998 Rescue of accident victims 3,543,276.74 5,126,827.74
VII January 10, 1999 Neonatology 4,515,020.82 6,391,920.21
VIII January 9, 2000 Children's kidney diseases 6,089,390.91 8,339,229.64
IX January 7, 2001 Newborns and children under 5 6,112,642.74 8,141,383.03
X January 13, 2002 Congenital defects 6,848,998.85 8,980,361.67
XI January 12, 2003 Newborns and children under 5 7,695,614.16 9,865,922.13
XII January 11, 2004 Newborns and children under 5 6,923,443.22 8,644,545.82
XIII January 9, 2005 Progressive methods of diagnostics and treatment in neonatology and pediatrics 9,864,292.87 11,911,440.38
XIV January 8, 2006 Saving lives of children injured in accidents / teaching CPR and first aid 9,660,691.63 11,301,637.77
XV January 14, 2007 Saving lives of children injured in accidents / CPR education 10,276,156.07 11,687,870.02
XVI January 13, 2008 Children with otolaryngological conditions 13,883,627.13 15,207,614.45
XVII January 11, 2009 Prevention and early diagnosis of cancer in children 13,404,441.27 14,735,113.27
XVIII January 10, 2010 Prevention and early diagnosis of cancer in children 14,413,466.03 15,588,010.64
n/a July 4, 2010 Special Finale: "Prevent Flooding!" 805,662.73 871,315.7
XIX January 9, 2011 Urological and nephrological diseases 16,499,157.81 17,297,267.96
XX January 8, 2012 The purchase of life-saving equipment for premature and insulin pumps 16 219 987,60 in progress
XXI January 13, 2013 Saving the lives of children and providing adequate healthcare for the elderly 16 432 382,15 in progress
TOTAL: 139,224,941.54 USD
172,351,443.82 in 2014 USD

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