- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: London company tries to bring Poland a slightly happier Christmas
- Date: 9th December 1986
- Summary: LONDON, UK (VISNEWS - BILL MCCONVILLE) GV People bringing parcels SV PAN Big food parcel being registered. (3 shots) GV Parcels piled up CU Addresses on parcels. (2 shots) CU PULL BACK TO SV Irish Roman Catholic Priest blessing parcels, speaks SV Parcels being loaded, as they sing Polish songs. (2 shots) SV EXTERIOR Parcels being loaded onto truck. (2 shots) SV Father Christmas boarding truck and drivers away. SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) FITZSIMMONS: (SEQ 5) "The parcels which you see here have all been donated by people in Great Britain to the people in Great Britain to the people in Poland. Not only these parcels but many more. We hope that they will help to make Christmas a happy time for the people who receive parcels and the people who have worked so hard to get them here."
- Embargoed: 24th December 1986 12:00
- Location: United Kingdom, United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: General
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- Story Text: INTRODUCTION: In Poland the chronic shortage of food is specially unwelcome as Christmas approaches. The queues in the shops grow even and the ordinary Pole gets even less in the end. In the English capital, London, Mr. Alan Wolowicz is trying to make christmas a little brighter for some Poles at least. He has set up a company to collect Christmas parcels for Poland. One of the first consignments left London this week.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Wolowicz has named his company 'Dar Pol'. He has now collected 15000 food parcels to send to various parts of Poland. On Tuesday (8 December), these parcels were packed and blessed by a Catholic Priest. Before that they had to receive official treatment by being registered. The parcels have been sent in from all parts of the United Kingdom mainly from expatriate Poles, who form a sizeable community in London itself. The Irish Catholic Priest, Father Joseph Fitzsimmons game his blessing.
As they loaded the parcels, the contributors sang Polish Christmas carols.
The gift comes as polish officials in Washington discuss emergency food aid from the United States. The European Economic Community has decided to send 8,000 tones of beef in aid. Despite offers of aid from countries, organizations and individuals, all the sign are that queues in Poland will remain a part of everyday life.
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