Swiss National Day of Solidarity with the Philippines
held across Switzerland
The Swiss National Day of Solidarity with the Philippines was held on 18th November across Switzerland.
The telethon, which aimed to help raise donations for the victims of
typhoon Haiyan, was organized by Swiss Solidarity, a foundation that
raises funds for humanitarian relief and rehabilitation projects, in
cooperation with Swiss public radio and TV.
Photos (L-R): Swiss President Ueli
Maurer takes calls from donors phoning at the SRF Studio in Berne;
Ambassador Baja joins President Maurer at the opening of the telethon
event, which lasted from 6 o’clock in the morning until 12 o’clock
midnight, gathered pledges of donations worth CHF 9, 025,989, bringing
the running total of donations funnelled through Swiss Solidarity to
more than CHF 16 million or PHP 763,446,720.00.
Swiss volunteers in Berne receive calls at the SRF Studio
In Berne, the
telethon was held at the Swiss TV and Radio station SRF. The opening
was attended by Swiss Confederation President Ueli Maurer, Philippine
Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Leslie Baja, Mr Walter
Rüegg, President of Swiss Public Broadcasting Organization, and Swiss
Solidarity Managing Director Tony Burgener.
President Maurer himself took three calls from donors and gave
interviews to the Swiss media on the assistance extended by Switzerland
to the victims of typhoon Haiyan. Ambassador Baja likewise expressed
this gratitude to the Swiss people for their assistance in the
interviews he had that day.
(L-R): Volunteers in the Geneva telethon take calls from donors in the
French-speaking region; volunteers in Zürich receive calls from donors
in German-speaking part of Switzerland
The event showed
that the traditional bayanihan spirit is also very much alive in
Switzerland, not just among the members of the Filipino community who
also organized fund-raising activities for the typhoon victims, but
also among the Swiss who worked hand-in-hand with Filipinos across the
country in making the event a success. Filipinos also actively took
part in the telethon by taking calls themselves or providing food for
(L-R): Filipinos in Berne work hand-in-hand with the Swiss by providing
food to the volunteers and by taking part in the telethon
to Mr. Burgener, more than 850 volunteers across Switzerland enlisted
for the telethon. Of these, more than 100 were deployed at a given time
to receive calls from the five telethon centres across the country. END