Charity – A Need for Heart or Fashion?

The first day of the Veritatis Splendor Charity Fair was marked by debates and conferences. The last, but very special talk was also simultaneously broadcast on the Thursday evening by Radio Kraków and Kraków Television. The invited guests, including Mr Leszek Zegzda from the Małopolska Voivodeship administration, Ms Urszula Nowogórska, Chairwoman of the Regional Assembly, Anna Dymna and Jasiek Mela talked about the importance of charity in the modern world. 
 The Veritatis Splendor Charity Fair that will continue until Sunday show in a tangible way how many faces charitable activities have. And all that in an atmosphere of waiting for another winner of the Veritatis Splendor Award – our “Małopolski Nobel” Prize that is granted to persons who go beyond borders and break barriers in providing assistance to others. I have no doubt that charity is just the best way for dialogue between man and man. Then, all prejudices and distance break down, because a helping hand and assistance is the most important said Leszek Zegzda from the Małopolska Voivodeship administration, who opened the debate.As noted by Urszula Nowogórska, Chairwoman of the Regional Assembly, it was worth getting acquainted with the offers of the organisations that came to the Fair since a “domino effect” is often seen in helping.

People who help others very often do so because someone offered them a helping hand in the paSr. Isn’t this a beautiful domino effect – the fact that sharing goodness works so naturally and by itself? A big asset of the Veritatis Splendor Fair is also the fact that we may meet these people, talk, and see that doing good very often means little, daily gestures that we, too, may become part of concluded Ms Nowogórska.

That charity is not only for a small group of outstanding persons was argued by the Chairwoman of the Regional Assembly supported by Anna Dymna, founder of the Against the Odds Foundation.

It’s not about our doing something good only when we have time for it or when we feel like doing so. This should stem from – and, please believe me that this is the case – out of a natural need, almost automatically. It’s worth being engaged in some charity project, because it’s us who’re the biggest beneficiaries. We gain an invaluable feeling that our life makes sense. That we are changing the world for the better, she stressed.

The debate on “Charity – A Need for Heart or Fashion?” was also attended by: Jasiek Mela from the Jasiek Mela Beyond the Horizons Foundation [Fundacja Poza Horyzonty] and Fr. Rafał Cyfka from Aid to the Church in Need. The talk was hosted by: Mariusz Bartkowicz (Radio Kraków) and Monika Meleń (TVP Kraków).

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