Poland’s property market raises 3.5m zł over a decade for charity

The 10th Charity Real Estate Beach Volleyball Tournament was memorable for two reasons: play stopped mid-set to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, and by the end of the day a record 1.18m zł was raised to aid children with cancer.

In other ways, the status quo remained: warehouse developers showcased their skills once more at the much anticipated annual tournament, which is coordinated by international real estate advisory agency JLL. Most importantly, donors, sponsors and players collected money for the charity “Na Ratunek Dzieciom z Chorobą Nowotworową” (foundation for the aid of children with cancer). The funds will help the charity purchase equipment for the patients at the Przylądek Nadziei (Cape Hope) oncological clinic in Wrocław.

“This is the largest single donation in the charity’s 28-year history,” said Przemek Pohrybieniuk, President of the Board at the foundation. “This record donation will enable us to purchase the latest generation of medical devices for innovative cellular therapies for the Paediatric Oncology, Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation clinic.”

This year, a total of 60 teams, 420 contestants and 2,500 guests participated in the tournament. MLP GROUP S.A., Panattoni Europe (both warehouse developers) and JLL Poland took the top three places. 

The winning team’s captain, Marcin Dobieszewski, Property Management Director at MLP Group, said, “Our teams are normally competitors but the atmosphere during the tournament was exceptionally friendly.” The two warehouse leaders of MLP and Panattoni competed in the finals, but it was MLP in the end that scored the winning point. “Panattoni is a very good team,” said Dobieszewski. “The main goal, however, is to have fun and help those in need. I strongly believe that all of the teams who took part in the tournament should feel like winners.” 

Over the last decade, JLL’s tournament has raised nearly 3.5m zł and support continues to grow each year. Tomasz Trzósło, Managing Director of JLL Poland & CEE, has watched the game transform into a much-anticipated fundraiser in the real estate calendar: “I remember the beginnings of our tournament when the event attracted about 300 people. We knew that we were creating an event that was interesting and quite different, but we could never have expected that 10 years later, interest in the tournament would be such that some teams and guests would be placed on reserve lists.” 

Amidst the fun and friendly competition, it’s important to acknowledge the purpose of the meeting. Dobieszewski added, “Obviously, the volleyball matches are extremely exciting. And, of course, there is this wonderful atmosphere and rousing cheers of fans. But we always remember what we are here for. That is why the moment when the amount of proceeds that will be distributed to those in need is so important. I am very glad that this amount grows each year. The entire day was wonderful, and the weather was as good as always.”

Photos courtesy of JLL Poland.

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