The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP) has now a Guinness record in first aid. They say they did it not because they had to, but because it’s worth it.

Kids are taught to do CPR without hesitation

Kids are taught to do CPR without hesitation

The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity and its volunteers picked up the challenge and accomplished it on Monday. At the same time more than 85,000 people from across the country were doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, making 30 chest compressions and giving two rescue breaths – for half an hour.

This programme was addressed to all primary schools in Poland, to teach the kids how to behave in certain situations. The participants admit that first aid it not that easy and their “hands hurt a little”, but they also have no doubts about the importance of it:

Everyone should know that.

All the resuscitators were first instructed how to execute the first aid steps properly and only then they were ready to start. For pictures and videos, please visit the websites of WOŚP or TVN.

Record-breaking action

The action was attended mainly by primary school pupils, where an educational programme “Ratujemy i Uczymy Ratować” (We rescue and teach how to rescue) is implemented. Apart from them there were also employees of various institutions (private and public companies, universities etc.) and many other individuals involved. The requirements were simple – you only had to register on the programme’s website, rent a phantom (if you didn’t have one) and start doing CPR at 12 o’clock sharp, and continue for half an hour.

The action was reported to the Guinness Book of Records.

This is great education, and it’s never too much of it, – comments Jurek Owsiak, the founder and president of the WOŚP. – And our record will be known by the whole world, – he stressed.

The whole world will also hear about the next, 25th Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, which is planned for January 15th. Poland will be once again raising funds for the youngest and oldest. Since the WOŚP was founded, they have supported financially almost every hospital in the country. For that purpose, they have provided more than 720 million zloty, but there is still a lot to be done.


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