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Warsaw. Wanda Traczyk-Stawska with the Order of the Smile

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It is the only distinction awarded to adults by children from all over the world. In the spring edition, among the Ladies of the Order of the Smile was Wanda Traczyk-Stawska, Soldier of the Home Army codename. “Pączek” and a psychologist.

The International Chapter of the Order of the Smile meets twice a year – in spring and autumn. It awards several or a dozen awards at each meeting. Every year it receives several hundred applications submitted exclusively by children and adolescents up to 18 years of age. The Order is the only distinction awarded to adults by children from all over the world. At the spring meeting, the jury awarded seven distinctions.

In addition to Wanda Traczyk-Stawska and Faye Simanjuntak, the honorees also included: Marina Hulia, a teacher and pedagogue of Belarusian-Russian origin, involved in helping Chechen children; philanthropist, organizer and coordinator of the Christmas campaign for children from the Children's Friends Society centers throughout Poland, Izabela Król, and pediatrician Joanna Barbara Lis, who provides selfless help to children in New York.

The president of the Follow Me Foundation, the originator and organizer of the construction of the Therapeutic Garden of the Senses at the Special Educational and Educational Center in Huta, Iwona Paszkiewicz, and the actor, vocalist, and director and founder of the Workshop Musical Academy, Paweł Podgórski, were also honored.

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The honorees face lemon juice

To the group of Ladies and Bachelors awarded since 1968. The Order of the Smile includes, among others: Pope Francis, 14th Dalai Lama, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Princess Sarah Ferguson, Saint. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Fr. Jan Twardowski, Jacek Kuroń, Irena Sendlerowa, Anna Dymna, prof. Zbigniew Religa.

The order was also awarded to St. John Paul II. The Pope received the order, although as a rule he did not accept any decorations. He was the 267th bachelor, at the request of blind children from Kraków and Laski. The application was written in Braille.

Bachelor with ID number 1 is prof. Wiktor Dega, a world-famous orthopedic surgeon from Poznań, supporter of popularizing integrated schools. During the decoration, he was given a red rose and had to drink a cup of sour lemon juice with a smile. This ceremony is still in force today.

Main photo source: Andrzej Lange/PAP

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