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Polish charity event goes online 


A global annual Polish charity event is being held in Cyprus for the fourth time to raise funds for good causes. 

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) is the biggest, nongovernment, non-profit, charity organisation in Poland, and it aims to support health care by purchase of state of the art medical equipment for Polish hospitals and clinics. 

The main events will be held from Friday. “We all grew up with this charity, so all Polish people know about it and want to support it,” Suzanna Charalambous said.

All the staff of the event, including participating artists, work for free and all proceeds this year will go to Polish hospitals with a focus on laryngology, otolaryngology and head diagnostics units, she said. 

In previous years, the headquarters in Cyprus organised concerts and auctions during which donations for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity were collected. Unfortunately due to pandemic situation they can’t organise proper events as in previous years, however the auctions are going on online,” she added. 

A number of auctions are already taking place in Whatsapp groups created to raise money, they are currently mostly in Polish language.  

“On Friday though, we have an auction in English and Russian for an amazing dress created by a well-known designer in Larnaca,” Charalambous said. 

In addition, on Sunday, January 31, usually the ‘grand finale’ of the fundraising, with live music and auctions which will not take place this year, but a ‘VIP’ auction held for a number of hours will take place that will see bidders try to get their hands on items from well-known Polish football players. 

“We invite people to join the online auction which will take place on Sunday January 31 on WhatsApp: 17:00-18:00 TSHIRT with an original Grosicki autograph and 18:00-21:00 framed photo with Lewandowski’s autograph.

The foundation also runs and finances an educational programme for Polish primary school children.

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