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Step by step - Kilometres of good

We are often pleased by millimetres of goodness, centimetres, not to mention kilometres of goodness in its broadest sense. There are many different kinds of charity actions, support concerts, initiatives “in favour” of something or someone. And it is a good thing that in the times of globalisation and constant rush to live, there are
Published: May 26, 2017 - 14:17
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 15:09
Step by step – Kilometres of good

We are often pleased by millimetres of goodness, centimetres, not to mention kilometres of goodness in its broadest sense. There are many different kinds of charity actions, support concerts, initiatives “in favour” of something or someone. And it is a good thing that in the times of globalisation and constant rush to live, there are people who create something charitable. It is often a reflex of the heart, a moment to stop and pause somewhere in our brain. We divers know this very well, because every time we go into the water it calms us down, clears our minds and allows us to look at things from a distance.

One such charity campaign, which has already managed to become an international one, is the annual Kilometre of Good campaign created in Poland. Apart from the fact that it is charitable, it is completely voluntary, and every zloty counts in the collection of funds. Organisations from all over the world can take part. The main question is: where does the money go? Generally for social purposes. Among others, for education, security, sport, culture, humanitarian needs, health or the disabled. These funds do not go into the pockets of the president.

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Over the past three years alone, more than 2.3 million PLN has been collected in this way, and earmarked for 80 causes. It is also worth mentioning that Kilometres of Good is based on cooperation between various organisations, local governments and business, and the ambassadors of the campaign are well-known people from the world of sport, music, culture and show business.

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Why does he write about it on the largest diving portal in Poland, Divers24?

Firstly, we never know what will happen to us tomorrow, next week or next year. Any one of us, you and I, could end up in a wheelchair. This is not about a black scenario, but about opening our eyes wider.

Secondly, each of us will probably find both the means and the time to support a good initiative.

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Entering the website kilometres of goodness.co.uk we have a ranking of projects competing for money. The only such project among the others, which concerns diving, is the initiative of the Step by Step HSA Disabled Divers Association from Piła.

A beautiful idea and a great idea that needs money to be realised. The Step by Step HSA Association helps people with disabilities by using the water environment. It is known that people with disabilities, if they are wealthy and have the desire to rehabilitate through diving, can do so. When such people do not have sufficient resources, they can only count on sponsors. I quote from the description on the website kilometres of goodness.plI’m quoting from the description on the website, because it best shows what the aquatic environment can do, and what we don’t fully realise, because we’ve fallen into a routine and the underwater world is like our second “home”.

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[blockquote style=”2″]”The aquatic environment helps people with disabilities to discover previously unknown movement possibilities of their own body and to believe in their own strength, to find a new way to fight against the limitations they have faced. Water not only supports and lifts, but at the right temperature reduces muscle tension, which promotes more efficient movements than on land.”[/blockquote]

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What can I, Wojciech Zgola, Jan Nowak, Pelagia Kowalska do? It’s not about clicking “like” on a social networking site. It is about clicking “donate” and making a donation. Every zloty you put down will create a centimetre of good, then a metre and finally kilometres. And behind every donation there is a specific disabled person who, thanks to you, will have the chance to change his life. He will certainly love the water.

Donate any amount to the account 73 2030 0045 1110 0000 0419 6660 (Bank BGŻ BNP PARIBAS)

Photo: Krzysztof Trawiński


The Step by Step HSA Disabled Divers Association is the only diving association within the framework of the “Road to Freedom” Project, and what is very interesting is that it provides year-round diving conditions adapted to the needs of people with disabilities in a way that is unique in Europe (floating platform).

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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