A total of CHF 604,000 was donated to mothers and children in need during the 2019 Swiss Red Cross Gala in Zurich. The funds are used to finance health projects in 18 countries. The donations came mainly through the charity auction and the Tombola.
Background: Improving the health of women and children is a central concern of the Swiss Red Cross (SRC). Pregnancy is still life threatening for millions of women in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The lack of clean drinking water, poor hygiene and malnutrition have a negative impact on children’s development and make them susceptible to disease. The Rotkreuz Gala’s donation income provides mothers and children in need worldwide with access to medical aid.
Before we danced to summer beats from Loco Escrito and DJ Antoine, Andreas Rumbler was hosting the charity auction. Some of the most compelling pieces to purchase were for example art from the Zurich and St Moritz Gallery Elle. My favourite was the “Balloon Chandelier” from Matteo Gonet and the “Promethius Ring Lamp” from Christopher Boots, but unfortunately I am not in a position to fork out CHF 25’000.-. If I could I definitely would. Galerist Atossa Meier’s fun stage presence was much loved by the audience.
The retiring SRC President Annemarie Huber-Hotz thanked the around 200 guests: “Thanks to the donations, we can continue to train midwives or equip health posts in remote villages – and thus help thousands of mothers and children.”
Among the guests were personalities such as Mark Streit, Dominique Gisin, Nubya or Iqbal Khan. The leading gala committee for the first time at this gala delighted the guests with a new concept: idyllic location directly on Lake Zurich, summery, elegant ambience and a more intimate setting. While food artist Sandro Zingger caused culinary heights, the racy rhythms Loco Escrito and DJ Antoine really made us dance. Presenter Christa Rigozzi through the evening. it was such a fun summer party, and it was so great spending time with few familiar faces and making some new acquaintances also, over delicious champagne, wine, food and fun music in a gorgeous environment, and what we loved most, was the Sprüngli Zopf (Swiss Tradition Sunday Bread fresh from the oven) that every guest was given home. It didn’t last until next morning for us, we devoured it in the car. It was most delicious and fun.
Better health care
The Swiss Red Cross is funding mother-child programs in 18 countries with the net profit from the charity gala. The programs improve access to health care – for example with the training of midwives or mobile health stations. The training of mothers in questions of nutrition and child care and information on family planning also play an important role in the programs
Please also check out my story highlight of the evening on my Instagram.
What I wore: Lanvin Dress, Cesare Paciotti Heels, Annalisa Caricato Bag, Rolex Watch. What he wore: Richard James Suit, Bertie Hudson London Glasses, Churches Shoes, Tag Heuer Watch
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