Poland’s top charity drive reaches finale

The 28th Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP), Poland’s top charity drive is taking place all over the country and in several places abroad on Sunday.

Nearly 120,000 volunteers collect money on the streets, rewarding any sum put into the special tin with a heart-shaped sticker.

This year, the money will be donated to improve diagnostic and therapeutic standards in pediatric interventional medicine. The slogan of this year's finale is "Wind in the Sails".

Throughout the day, numerous auctions are held, where one can purchase items donated by famous people or win the opportunity to meet one.

This year, the public can bid for a replica of Olga Tokarczuk’s Nobel Prize medal, dinner with Robert Lewandowski, a dress owned by Junior Eurovision winner Roksana Węgiel, and a jacket worn by Bogusław Linda in Władysław Pasikowski's legendary Polish film Psy (The Dogs).

Local WOŚP headquarters were also established in England, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, USA and Australia. In the latter, the charity has been collecting money to tackle fires which have engulfed the country since October last year.

The finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is accompanied by numerous concerts, sport tournaments, meetings, workshops and other events. The main concert will take place at Bank Square in Warsaw. After midnight, the preliminary results of this year's fundraising will be presented. According to the organiser's data, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, has collected over PLN 1.1 bn (EUR 259 mln) over the years, which was primarily allocated to the purchase of hospital equipment in Poland.

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