Join the Fields of Hope in Pruszcz Gdański!
Already this weekend, the Fields of Hope will bloom in Pruszcz Gdański. The action promoting the idea of hospice care and the collection of donations will be accompanied by a parade through the streets of Pruszcz Gdański and a family festival in Cukroteka.
“The Fields of Hope (Polish: Pola Nadziei) is a nationwide action that hospices all over Poland organise every spring to promote the idea of hospice care in the society, raising funds for hospice operations. The hallmark of this event is the daffodil and the colour yellow,” explains Kinga Droś, Director of the Foundation Dom Hospicyjny w Pruszczu Gdańskim, which organises this year’s Fields of Hope in this district. “This year the final will take place on 23 April, but we started our activities much earlier. We met with schools and kindergartens telling them about the work of the hospice, made decorations and paper daffodils together, and engaged volunteers. Moreover, together, we are all the time preparing the culmination of the whole action.”
The fundraising for hospices will begin on Saturday, 22 April. Volunteers with tins will stay at commercial objects. In return for donations, they will hand out stickers. The final of the Fields of Hope is scheduled for Sunday, 23 April. At 2 p.m., a yellow parade will set off from the municipal office in Juszkowo. It will pass along the streets of the city to Cukroteka, a creative space on the premises of the former Pruszcz Sugar Factory, where the family festival will begin.
“We are pleased that such an important event will take place here at Cukroteka. There will be many attractions waiting for the guests. The youngest visitors will certainly enjoy games and sports, hair braiding, tattoos, face painting, an arts corner, soap bubbles, planting yellow flowers and “daffodil fashion” and “prettiest daffodil” competitions. Everyone is warmly invited. By participating in the festival, you can combine helping with family fun,” says Lucyna Borgula, Facility Managing Director of the Pruszcz Sugar Factory from NDI Development – the company which is co-organising this year’s Fields of Hope.
There will also be a catering area, as well as candyfloss, popcorn, local food from the rural housewives’ club, baked goods and grilled sausages. Besides, the programme includes a “wardrobe sale”, library and medical point services, and a karaoke and DJ party in the evening.
“There will be donation tins next to each service to raise funds for the hospice’s patients. Hospice care is struggling with underestimated medical services and consequently underfunding. The Polish National Health Fund does not cover the costs of fuel, medical duty and administration. We can’t afford to buy the much-needed company cars, even though it’s something we dream about so much. Were it not for human kindness, we would not be there for you and your loved ones. Thank you for every single zloty,” says Katarzyna Kalduńska, President of the hospice Dom Hospicyjny w Pruszczu Gdańskim, a palliative care nurse.
The main organiser of the campaign is the Foundation Dom Hospicyjny w Pruszczu Gdańskim. The co-organisers are NDI Development and the Centre for Culture and Sport in Pruszcz Gdański.
Honorary patronage of the event is held by the Mayor of Pruszcz Gdański, the Head of the Pruszcz Gdański Commune and the Starost of the Pruszcz Gdański District, while media patronage is held by Radio ESKA and Północna.TV.