More than 800 concerts, 1,300 artists performing for free today, 120,000 volunteers, an endless amount of charity activities across the whole of Poland and so far almost 37 million zloty (PLN; approximately 12.3 million USD) are the results of the grand finale of the 19th Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. As we slowly approach the end of the day, we are also looking at on-line reactions to the event.
Most posts are purely informative. Users of Twitter, and the Polish microblogging engine Blip.pl update their audiences under the hashtag #WOSP (an abbreviation of the event's name in Polish: Wielka Orkiestra Swiątecznej Pomocy).
@yinasshi has done great job in documenting the event on Twitter today:
@elelontko posted information about the amount of money raised during the day:
Almost 8 mln PLN!! Gooo Owsiak !#WOSP
Others, like @AshleyRobertsTM, suggested ways of donation through on-line channels:
Please guys support WOŚP (GreatOrchestraofChristmasCharity) on facebook. every click is 0,50zł for ill children http://www.facebook.com/wosp
Este año, 30 millones de corazones, 120 000 voluntarios, 1300 artistas, 800 conciertos en toda Polonia! ~>http://www.wosp.org.pl/
For #wosp they tried to hit the record of people squeezed into one Ikarus bus…they managed 307. Not bad, don't you think? ;-)
Most reactions are full of support, enthusiasm and great dedication to the event. The conversations contain a lot of feedback on personal involvement of the Poles today. Volunteers, like @haftus, express [PL] their happiness at being a part of this great day:
after fundraising for WOSP, I collected 100zł – next year we will do better :] but it was superb. the atmosphere amongst the volunteers was extremely positive.
I already have two WOSP little hearts
WOSP has one more important meaning, which other actions lack: it teaches, very effectively, the youth to be charitable and to understand the need for solidarity.
It's good to have #WOSP, but the fact of it (and other charitable actions) proves the weakness of the economy and the country.
Send an sms saying “serce” [Polish for “heart”] to 75565 (6,15zl brutto) for WOSP. Help collecting money for everything NFZ should provide!
There is no WOSP in Belarus, but they have the equipment. Strange, isn't it?
Generally, the reactions in microblogging services are positive today. The event was culminated by a series of fireworks all across the country at 8 PM GMT, also documented in social media. @yinasshi posted:
jbkp4group documented the show hosted in Warsaw on YouTube: