Voices of Swiss Solidarity

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An den nationalen Sammeltagen der Glückskette spielen die Medien, insbesondere diejenigen der SRG SSR, eine sehr wichtige Rolle für die Verbreitung des Spendenaufrufs. Für jede Sprachregion der Schweiz haben die Radioprogramme der SRG einen Moderator oder eine Moderatorin bestimmt, welche an nationalen Sammeltagen über die Folgen der Katastrophe und die Sammlung informieren.

In der Deutschschweiz begleiten für SRF die Moderatorin Ladina Spiess (2.v.r.) und ihr Kollege Dani Fohrler (1.v.l.) die nationalen Sammeltage der Glückskette. Ladina Spiess produziert auf Radio SRF 1 zudem die wöchentliche Radiosendung «Glückskette aktuell» und informiert detailliert über die Arbeit der Glückskette und den Einsatz der Spendengelder. 

In der Romandie ist der Radio- und Fernsehmoderator Jean-Marc Richard (1.v.r.) seit 1997 an nationalen Sammeltagen auf RTS die Stimme der «Chaîne du Bonheur». 

In der italienischen Schweiz moderierte zuletzt Carla Norghauer (3.v.l.) auf RSI für die Sammlungen der «Catena della Solidarietà» und in der rätoromanischen Schweiz ist die Radiojournalistin Claudia Cathomen (2.v.l.) auf RTR die Stimme der «Chadaina da Fortuna».

Bilder: Stimmen der Glückskette
Ladina Spiess & Dani Fohrler
Bilder: Stimmen der Glückskette
Jean-Marc Richard
Bilder: Stimmen der Glückskette
Carla Norghauer
Bilder: Stimmen der Glückskette
Claudia Cathomen

Swiss Solidarity is a foundation, started as an initiative of the Swiss public media SRG SSR | Partnership & collaboration

  • Keystone
  • Swisscom
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One picture often says more than a thousand words. Thanks to the partnership with the internationally operating Swiss picture agency Keystone, Swiss Solidarity has free and rapid access to recent pictures at any time. 

The Keystone picture agency takes a Swiss view of our country and the world. A team of 20 full-time photographers throughout Switzerland as well as international partner agencies ensure that no current event is missed. As the largest picture agency in Switzerland, Keystone has an almost unending store of material on Swiss social history (around 11 million archive images).




A national fundraising day is unthinkable without the means of Swisscom: In six regional fundraising centers, provided by Swisscom as well, between 120 and 150 phone lines are in use. This meant that, at the Tsunami’s fundraising day, over 70’000 calls were managed. On fundraising days, this service is free of charge.

The internet as a means of communication is vital for Swiss Solidarity, too. Therefore, Swisscom supports Swiss Solidarity’s web presence year after year with a considerable contribution. Swisscom (formerly PTT) has been an abiding partner for Swiss Solidarity for over sixty years.



Swiss Solidarity originated in 1946 from a radio show in western Switzerland – the first fundraising campaign was for the benefit of the orphans of World War II. The idea became more and more successful, and in 1983, Swiss Solidarity was granted the status of a foundation initiated by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG. Today, Swiss Solidarity is a foundation that raises funds for humanitarian relief projects and works with the SRG SSR.

On national solidarity and fundraising days, Swiss Solidarity demonstrates just what is meant by «idée suisse»: The solidarity and support of Switzerland’s entire population. This is only possible because the SRG SSR idée suisse supports Swiss Solidarity with its free broadcastings. Swiss Solidarity itself is – with a few exceptions – not a relief organization, but rather a solidarity network, cooperating with 25 relief organizations.

Additionally, the company’s entities SRF, RTS, RTR, RSI are all represented in the foundation board.