The Grand Finale of The Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity takes place on January 15 in Cobblestone-Joes on Ellen Street.
This Sunday, January 15, Cobblestone-Joes will host the Grand Finale of The Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity. Founded in 1993, The Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity is one of the biggest non-profit charity organisations in Poland. The event takes place on the first or second Sunday of January of each new year.
Sponsored by many polish and worldwide companies, it is a one-day long nationwide money raising event. Volunteers from all around Poland and anywhere where there is an active Polish community go out onto the streets and collect money in special cans, which are labelled with red hearts. Anybody who gives to the volunteers will receive a red heart sticker in return.
The fundraiser is organised locally by volunteers running Collection Centres, which coordinate public fundraisers and host a variety of events accompanying the Finale such as concerts, stand-up performances or sporting events and competitions. A network of Collection Centres is active nationwide and GOCC volunteers are active everywhere, where there is a thriving Polish community. In the previous years, volunteers have established nearly 1700 Collection Centres and coordinated the work of 120 thousand volunteers – young and old take to the streets to raise funds in support of medicine in Poland.
The Grand Finale is a manifold event – a telethon is broadcast simultaneously to the public fundraiser, an online auction is held alongside live concerts in the TV studios. During this one day event, huge parties are thrown throughout the country with concerts featuring a variety of stars performing for the good cause.
The whole day is organised solely by volunteers, who have collected approximately €200 million over the past twenty-four years. The foundation donated the money they collected to cardio-surgery, neonatology, paediatric, kidney diseases, congenital defects, newborns and children under 5 years of age. This year’s event is dedicated to saving the lives of children in paediatric wards and to provide dignified medical care for patients in geriatric wards.
The event begins at 3 pm in Cobblestone-Joes on Ellens street, all are welcome. There will be great live music, auctions, demonstrations and more. The event begins at 3 pm in Cobblestone-Joes on Ellens street, all are welcome. There will be great live music, auctions, demonstrations and more.