Record donations for WOŚP charity drive
PR dla Zagranicy
The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) has managed to raise over PLN 53 million in this year’s charity drive.
Head of WOŚP Jurek Owsiak and press spokesman Krzysztof Dobies announce the final result of this year's fund raiser on Sunday 08.03.2015 Photo: PAP/Tomasz Waszczuk
Donations in kind, such as medical equipment, reached PLN 605,000, while internet auctions managed to raise over PLN 3 million for the charity, which funds new medical equipment for paediatric wards as well as care for the elderly.
Speaking to Polish Radio on Monday morning, WOŚP founder Jurek Owsiak thanked Poles for their generosity, announcing that the exact figure raised amounted to PLN 53,109,172.83.
The figure is slightly higher on last year’s fund-raising result of PLN 52.4 million.
“Over the past few years the level of funding has stabilised and hovers around PLN 50 million,” Owsiak said, adding that the costs of the charity drive amount to around 4 percent of the collected sum, this year around PLN 2.1 million.
A day after the WOŚP fundraiser in January, the charity announced that it had received over PLN 36.2 million, although the exact figure is not published until the beginning of March to give time for all the money to be accounted for.
Some 120,000 volunteers helped out in this year’s fundraiser. (jb)