We are returning to the normality of eight years ago. There is military pea soup again, there are military bands, there are demonstrations of military equipment, and prison work is back. We are returning to normality and that makes us happy – said Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak, medical director of the WOŚP Foundation, in “Fakty po Faktach”. She added that Poles did not let this holiday be taken away from them. – 32 years is really a long time, it’s whole generations. I think this day has become a permanent part of Polish calendars, she said.
Sunday, January 28, is the day of the 32nd Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. Its goal is: “Lungs after the pandemic”, and the collected funds will be used to purchase equipment for “diagnosing, monitoring and rehabilitation of lung diseases of patients in pulmonology departments for children and adults.”
“32 years is a really long time”
On Sunday, the guest of “Fakty po Faktach” was Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak, medical director of the WOŚP Foundation, and privately wife of Jurek Owsiak.
– There is no routine. We are calm, everything is happening according to plan. The same people have been working with us for many years, we know each other, we know what we can count on. But we don’t like the word routine and we try to act planned and calmly, but not routinely – argued Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak.
Due to the change of government, this year the Orchestra returned to play, among others. uniformed services. When asked how it is to play without hostility from the state, Owsiak replied: – It is important for us, because it is easier for us to work, but I think it is important for all of us, for the entire society. (…) We can see that the new authorities are not having it easy at the moment, but the changes that are taking place give us optimism and we are actually returning to the normality of eight years ago. So there is military pea soup again, there are military bands, there are demonstrations of military equipment, prison work is back. We are indeed returning to normality and that makes us happy, she confessed.
In her opinion, WOŚP helps the state. – The previous authorities did not want to see this – she said. “It’s incomprehensible to me,” she added. She pointed out that “even in very rich countries” there are foundations.
Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak said that despite the reluctance of the previous government, Poles did not let this holiday, which is the annual Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, be taken away from them. – They didn’t let it be taken away from them and I don’t think they will. 32 years is really a long time, it’s whole generations. I think that this day has become a permanent part of Polish calendars and I think it will stay that way and we will have the strength and energy to continue doing it, she added.
Lidia Owsiak: it’s not about records
When asked about this year’s goal of WOŚP, Owsiak emphasized that “pulmonology is severely underfunded.”
– For now, we are reading letters and requests from hospitals that come all the time, and we are talking to experts. (…) Doctors tell us that oncology and other fields have much more of this equipment. Pulmonology is apparently, so our doctors say, severely underfunded. We would like to buy all the devices that doctors ask for, i.e. equipment for diagnostics, monitoring the course of the disease and possible rehabilitation – said the medical director of WOŚP.
– Only after the Final will we take a breath, count the money and start carefully re-reading these requests, sending surveys and only then will we know what we will buy – she explained. – We will try to work efficiently and quickly. We will try, just like with sepsis, to meet these needs within one year, because they are really great – promised Owsiak.
She emphasized that the Orchestra “is not about records.” – We don’t want to break records, because the point is to raise money that will allow us to meet the needs of hospitals – she said.
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