Polish Javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk has auctioned off her Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medal to raise funds for an eight-month-old baby to undergo urgent heart surgery.
The 25-year-old finished first in qualifying for the final at the Summer Games but came second in the just ended Tokyo Olympic Games, earning the silver medal which is her first Olympic medal.
In a post sighted on Facebook , Andrejczyk explained that she was auctioning her Olympic medal to raise funds for an Eight-Month-Old Miloszek Malysa to undergo a life-saving heart surgery.
In her post, she wrote “I didn’t spend long thinking about this, it was the first fundraiser I came across and I knew it was the right one”.
According to the baby’s mother, Monika, the operation is to take place in Stanford, California since there are no options in their home country Poland.
Andrejczyk explained that Malysa needed 1.5 million zloty ($383,000) for the surgery. With half the money already raised, she wanted to raise the other half.
The auction started off at 200,000 zloty ($51,000), she announced on Monday via Facebook that Zabka, a Polish supermarket chain, won the auction with a bid of $125,000.
After winning the auction, Zabka announced that they will be returning the medal to Andrejczyk. “We were moved by the beautiful and extremely noble gesture of our Olympian. Therefore, we decided to support the collection of funds for the sick Miloszek. We also decided that the silver medal from Tokyo will remain with Mrs. Maria, who showed how great She is” they wrote on Facebook.
The money raised will allow Maylsa to undergo the surgery at Stanford University Medical Centre.