From Bursaries to Breakfast Programs: The Polish Orphans Charity Benefits Children on a Global and Local Scale

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The Toronto-based Polish Orphans Charity just wrapped up its annual Ball Pologne last week, benefitting orphans and underprivileged children in Poland and around the world, as well as funding breakfast programs and arts bursaries at Toronto-area schools.

“It is this spirit of giving and compassion that brings Canadians together and changes lives for the better.” — Prime Minister Stephen Harper

At the 15th annual Ball Pologne at the Royal York Hotel, Polish Orphans Charity President and CEO Dr. Richarda Russ thanked guests for their unwavering support. “Your generosity allows us to continue with our vision to help underprivileged children who are often forsaken and neglected by society,” she told the 250 guests who came out to show their support for the charity.

Early Years
Founded in 2000 by Dr. Russ, The Polish Orphans Charity (POC) began helping Polish orphans by building playgrounds in orphanages in order to bring some pleasure into the lives of children who had lost so much. To date, they have built 65 well-equipped playgrounds in Poland.

Going Global
Since 2001, POC’s offshoot charity “Helping Orphans Worldwide” has expanded to supporting underprivileged children in countries like Greece, Italy, Argentina, Afghanistan, Mexico, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ireland Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Zimbabwe. In Poland, the charity has awarded some 350 $1000 scholarships to artistically talented but less fortunate children wishing to pursue their arts studies.

Giving Locally
Here in Toronto, POC is sponsoring the Angel Foundation For Learning. Since 2013, POC has donated $40,000 to support breakfast programs in disadvantaged Toronto schools, as well as an art scholarship of $50,000.

“The Polish Orphans Charity brings hope and happiness to the hearts of orphaned children in Poland and beyond,” wrote Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a letter to the Polish Orphans Charity’s Ball Pologne attendees. “It is this spirit of giving and compassion that brings Canadians together and changes lives for the better.”

About The Polish Orphans Charity
The Polish Orphans Charity was founded in 2000 by Dr. Richarda Russ, a prominent Toronto dental surgeon, along with Bart Pasowski, P.Eng. and Dr. Ted Kralka, to help improve the facilities and care of children living in Polish orphanages, and more recently, to underprivileged orphans and children worldwide.

Vitarock, the ethical natural health product online marketplace, is a proud sponsor of The Polish Orphans Charity and Ball Pologne.

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