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Poles rally behind annual charity drive

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Paweł Kononczuk 10.01.2016 21:11
Over 120,000 volunteers and supporters of the Great Christmas Aid Orchestra, Poland’s largest annual charity drive, took to the streets across the country Sunday to stage a grand finale fundraiser.
Jerzy Owsiak, the face of the Great Christmas Aid Orchestra, launches the finale of this year's charity drive in Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański Jerzy Owsiak, the face of the Great Christmas Aid Orchestra, launches the finale of this year's charity drive in Warsaw. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański

Stars and celebrities traditionally do their bit to support the campaign. This year, President Andrzej Duda donated his skis to raise money for the campaign, while sports fans put in bids in an internet auction to “buy” a training session with the Polish national football squad.

The event’s grand finale takes place on the first or second Sunday of the year.

The annual charity drive has been organized since 1993 by Jerzy Owsiak, who is a household name in Poland. Since then, the initiative has collected over PLN 650 million in total for various causes.

The proceeds of the latest campaign will go to paediatric care and for nursing facilities for the elderly. (pk)

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