In 1946 Europe was suffering the terrible aftermath of the Second World War. Two radio journalists, Roger Nordmann and Paul Vallotton, and entertainer Jack Rollan created a radio programme which would soon become one of the most popular radio shows in western Switzerland. A fund-raising campaign linked people together in a chain of solidarity to help ease suffering. Radio had created Swiss Solidarity, in French «Chaîne du Bonheur» and in German, «Glückskette». For many people, today’s crises, poverty and major catastrophes recall those years of misery and deprivation. Today, more than ever, radio and television audiences demonstrate solidarity with their fellow man in his hour of need.
Swiss Solidarity became ever more successful and in 1983 was granted the legal status of a foundation. Swiss Solidarity has its headquarters in Geneva, employing 19 people. Thanks to its lean structure and often voluntary work, Swiss Solidarity guarantees efficient use of all donations.
As well as donations, Swiss Solidarity also accepts bequests.