Amazing charity event, biggest in Poland, every year on January The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is collecting the money for the special purpose. This year it was for the newborns and their special medical needs. Thousands of volunteers and guests are engaged in this initiative. On this day you can see people on the streets with little red hearts stickers on their clothes, hats, bags – a symbolic thank you for the donation.
I was so happy I can be a part of the Great Finale in Warsow on 14th of January. Together with my Brothers and Sisters in Comics we were giving out drawings for donations. I was painting Anubis live and then it was auctioned. It was crazy and lovely experience. Polish Comics at WOŚP was the initiative of Polish Comics Society (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Komiksowe) & Friends.
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC, Polish Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy, WOŚP) is the biggest, non-governmental, non-profit, charity organization in Poland. The GOCC Foundation holds American Heart Association certification to provide courses in CPR and AED, and for the use of high technology for medical lifesaving. The GOCC aims to support health care in Poland by purchase of state of the art medical equipment for Polish hospitals and clinics and by establishing and running six medical programmes and one educational programme. The foundation supports paediatric and geriatric wards, furnishing them in both complex medical devices such as MRI scanners, and providing long-term care units with anti-bedsore mattresses and beds. Since April 2016 the GOCC ranks on the top of the list as the most trusted public entity according to Brand Asset Valuator and is the second strongest brand in Poland in the ranking compiled by Millward Brown and Young & Rubicam agency.The GOCC foundation organizes the biggest open-air free entry music festival in Europe – Woodstock Festival Poland. The GOCC foundation offers first aid & team-building courses, which are open to all adult members of public. The volunteers who have completed the training become the members of Peace Patrol, whose duties involve stewarding at the festival field, assisting and informing festival goers. Read more here.