We ended yesterday with the declared amount of PLN 175,426,813. At the moment, we have PLN 29,673,016 on the foundation’s account – Jerzy Owsiak said after the 32nd Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity at a press conference. He added that the final result of the collection will be known on March 27. He also referred to the words of the former head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, regarding the Polish Army playing with WOŚP again. – Mr. former minister – no one ordered anyone, really. Everyone wanted to play, he emphasized.
– We ended yesterday very joyfully and with the declared amount of PLN 175,426,813. At the moment we have PLN 29,673,016 in the account (of the foundation – ed.) and this money is now being counted – he said Jerzy Owsiak at Monday’s press conference.
He added that the final result of the collection will be known on March 27. – This is such a quiet time so that we can finally settle our accounts, i.e. assume that all the teams that played with us, that played not only in Poland but all over the world, are settled and this will be the result of our auction and our actions. , the result of the 32nd Final – he added.
The declared amount collected, i.e. PLN 175,426,813, is about PLN 20,820,049 more than at the end of the previous Final, in January 2023.
Owsiak replies to Błaszczak: Mr. former minister, everyone wanted to play
Owsiak also referred to the fact that the Polish Army played with WOŚP again after a several-year break.
He referred here to the words of the former head of the Ministry of National Defense, currently the head of the club PISwho even before Sunday’s final said that on that day “there will be picnics for Owsiak and they involved the army, because, as you know, in the army everything is on orders.”
– I encountered such a comment from the former Minister of National Defense. Mr. former minister – no one ordered anyone, really. This was even a condition when we talked with the current Minister of National Defense. (We said – ed.) “please don’t give any orders, never in your life.” If someone doesn’t want to play, doesn’t feel like it, it’s Sunday off, then please leave it to them – said the president of the Great Christmas Orchestra. – Mr. former minister – well, everyone wanted to play and these were the picnics that were grassroots, grassroots from the people. I remember your picnics, well I won’t comment on them. Because you ordered it and we didn’t order it, he continued.
– And it was fantastic that people just wanted to be with us and knocked on our doors. There was a moment five minutes before the final that we could no longer contain it, we could no longer stretch the time, even though we showed it all 24 hours a day, we were almost there with everyone who wanted to be with us, he added.
32. Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity
Sunday, January 28 was the day of the 32nd Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. Its goal was: “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.” For the eighth time, the main media partner of the Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is TVN Warner Bros. Discovery.
This year’s event included 1,680 bars – including 101 foreign ones, online auctions, concerts, picnics and sporting events, and the traditional Light to Heaven. The finale of WOŚP also involves almost 120,000 volunteers.
Main photo source: PAP/Marcin Obara