This is the list of associations that are part of the Charity Programme of the StraLugano. When registering for Run4Charity, choose to whom you donate your entire participation fee.
Ankur For The World Association
Ankur For The World was founded in memory of Ankur Singhal by his friends and family. Ankur's life was tragically cut short by an incurable cancer. The mission and motivation of the association is inspired by the historical events of her life: to create an impact by connecting different worlds, to use education as a tool to open up the world of opportunities and to help others see the world in a positive way despite the difficulties. Ankur For The World helps children understand the importance of education and supports them in their learning journey.
The Culture Ticino Network Association in Lugano, founded in 2011, is a non-profit, apolitical and non-religious association. It promotes the culture of peace, human and environmental well-being with various initiatives and activities, both national and international. Never as in these difficult times, there is a need to spread the culture of peace, solidarity with the poorest and the importance of human rights among all generations, from the youngest to the decision-making authorities. The Association has already done this in the past with its traditional solidarity events, including the “Round Tables”, the after-school activities “Petals of Peace” and the “Village of Peace” which involves, for over 10 years, schools from Ticino and Italy through workshops focusing on humanitarian issues, peace and respect for human beings, animals and the environment. In addition, 6 years ago the Association began supporting several projects in the Philippines, including the restructuring of an orphanage and helping malnourished, poor children through a feeding program. In 2022, the Culture Ticino Network founded the sister association “Culture Ticino Network and Philippines Association” in Paombong (Philippines). From 2020 to 2021 the Culture Ticino Network Association, with the collaboration of its local partners, distributed more than 4’000 food packages, medical and school supplies to the poorest families in Paombong and in the Bulacan region of the Philippines. In 2022, the Association launched, in cooperation with the historic Bignasca SA bakery in Sonvico, a special fund-raising campaign, through the sale of the cake “Gioia Esotica”, to support “scholarships (Tesda programmes) and start-ups” in the pastry and bakery sector in the Bulacan region of the Philippines. The funds raised by the 4Charity Run will finance our Association's projects in Ticino! A heartfelt thanks to you for your support!
The aim of the Association is to bring together people with trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down's Syndrome, their parents, friends and interested legal persons or institutions to pool their individual experiences for mutual help. In particular, the Association aims to: > To contribute to the development of the human personality of people with Down's syndrome in all its expressions and to the removal of obstacles that prevent the implementation of the principles of freedom, equality, equal social dignity, equal opportunities, by promoting the exercise of the right to health, social protection, education, culture, training, work and the enhancement of personal attitudes and skills. > To be a point of reference for information on the specific problems of trisomy 21 and any technological, medical, educational, professional and other solutions that may improve the quality of life of people with this syndrome and their families. > Ensuring that parents, the public and the authorities are better informed about the problems inherent in the social integration of people with this genetic anomaly.
Manishimwe is a proper name which, in the KINYARWANDA language, means 'blessed by God'. In the summer of 2009, little Manishimwe Goretti (Nicole) came to Switzerland for adoption. The Manishimwe association was founded in 2011 with the aim of collaborating in the construction and growth of a school in the village of Masaka, Rwanda. Opened in 2013 in a provisional location, with 43 pupils, the St Vincent Pallotti school now has more than 1000 pupils aged 3 to 16 and more than 50 teaching and support staff. In the meantime, two school buildings (primary and secondary) have been built. Most of the pupils come from poor families, so our project provides financial support to enable these children to have a basic education and pedagogical and didactic supervision by local teachers following the Rwandan school programme.
Associazione per un Mondo senza Droghe (Association for a World without Drugs)
The "association has been active in the field of drug prevention since 2002. It regularly publishes brochures and audiovisual materials to inform and educate young people about the risks and consequences of drug use. Since 2007, it distributes, among others, brochures published by the 'Foundation for a Drug-Free World'.
SwissABILITY is a non-profit association from Ticino founded in Lugano in 2022. The association provides comprehensive support for people with disabilities and offers opportunities to live a life of dignity, in Africa and around the world. Its mission is to bring ABILITY to people in countries of the Global South through physical rehabilitation, creation of infrastructure and provision of means to ensure that each person can live a self-sufficient life.
The association's commitment is to bring ABILITY to three vital sectors of the person and his environment: » Ability in physical rehabilitation » Ability in infrastructure » Ability in self-sufficiency
SwissLimbs is a non-profit organisation that implements initiatives in the field of rehabilitation, orthopaedic services and high-mobility artificial limbs. > It assists amputees and disabled people by providing affordable orthopedic equipment and materials designed specifically for developing countries. > It creates or rehabilitates ortho-prosthetic workshops, which are then managed by local professionals and technicians, who also develop SwissLimbs' new low-cost technologies. > Has a pool of specialized trainers at home and abroad, who teach technicians in the most innovative low-cost ortho-prosthetic technologies. SwissLimbs engages in capacity building of local professionals and organizations. Our aim is to adapt technologies and expertise to benefit technicians and the health system as a whole.
Atgabbes – associazione ticinese di genitori ed amici dei bambini bisognosi di educazione speciale
The main objective of Atgabbes is to create opportunities for meetings and exchanges between parents of children with disabilities, with a view to school, professional and social integration. By focusing on new needs, the aim is to contribute to the search for solutions at local and cantonal level. In addition, the Association is a partner among the different components of society interested in the issue of disability in order to ensure that parents, the public and the authorities are well informed on the issue of education, vocational training and social integration of people with disabilities. The activities offered by the Association have developed over the years and are offered both by the regional groups and at the cantonal level by the secretariat: integrated camps and colonies. 280 volunteers for more than 300 participants, children, young people and adults with disabilities, culture and training courses for adults (54 courses for 380 enrolled), two integrated kindergartens for early integration, word groups for parents, thematic evenings and much more.
Atgabbes – associazione ticinese di genitori ed amici dei bambini bisognosi di educazione speciale Via Canevascini 4
Email [email protected] Web www.atgabbes.ch
City Angels Svizzera
We are a voluntary association founded in 1994 in Milan on the initiative of Mario Furlan. You can recognise us by our blue beret, the symbol of the UN peacekeeping forces, and our red jacket, the colour of the emergency. We help the most vulnerable: homeless people, migrants, drug addicts, alcoholics, victims of crime. We are a safe point of reference for citizens and a deterrent for criminals: if we see someone committing a crime, we don't look the other way, we intervene! The history of our association began in 1994, when Mario Furlan founded it in Milan. In the most problematic area of the city: the Central Station. The aim: to assist the marginalised and protect citizens who are victims of delinquency. The first meeting place was the Chiesa del Carmine, in Brera; the first place of social commitment was the hostel for homeless people run by Fratel Ettore, in via Sammartini, next to the station. The official inauguration of the Association, after months of semi-clandestine activity, took place on 8 February 1995 in the Chiesa del Carmine. After initial mistrust - and at times open hostility - on the part of the authorities, recognition from the institutions arrived. It took the form of registration in the register of non-profit organisations and, in 1999, the highest honour in Milan: the Ambrogino d'Oro, which was awarded to the Association for the second time in 2008. Over the years, new Angels offices were opened in Rome, Turin, Varese, Parma and Brescia. Today there are 17. All united by the same humanitarian spirit.
At Compassion, we believe that poverty is not inevitable. We also believe in the value and potential of children. That's why, for over 60 years, Compassion has been providing practical help by supporting children living in extreme poverty in developing countries through 1 to 1 sponsorships. Today 2 million children are supported in 25 countries on 3 continents (Africa, Asia and Latin America). In collaboration with nearly 7,000 local churches as Compassion partners, we provide access to schooling, medical check-ups, education on hygiene, nutrition and health, as well as activities for growth and child development. The goal is to show the children that they have value, allowing them to live a dignified life and develop their talents. The exchange of letters allows sponsors to especially encourage a child living in extreme poverty. Compassion Switzerland is a non-profit organization recognized as being of public utility. Let’s change the world together, one child at a time!
Croce Rossa Svizzera, Sezione del Sottoceneri (Swiss Red Cross Sottoceneri Section)
The Swiss Red Cross Sottoceneri Section has been active in the region since 1917 with a variety of services from the world of children to the world of the elderly. It operates according to the 7 Fundamental Principles: humanity, independence, unity, voluntary service, impartiality, neutrality, universality. It helps people in need in different areas of health, integration and migration. Many activities rely on the valuable support of volunteers. Donors and partners are a great support thanks to their contributions, initiatives and services in line with the needs of the population in the region are developed and implemented. Some services in short: Mini Club - Socialising Centre for children (2-4 years), Mamy Help and Baby Help (home childcare service), Centro Insieme (study aid), Café Croix-Rouge (social inclusion and cohesion programme for migrant women), Second-hand goods shops, Transport Service, Social Service, Ergotherapy Centre, Library, Visitor Service, Blood pressure measurement service, Therapeutic Day Centre for the elderly, and also manage reception centres and foyers for migrants under cantonal mandate.
Fondazione ASPI (Aiuto, Sostegno e Protezione dell’Infanzia)
ASPI is a non-profit foundation in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland whose mission is the prevention of all forms of violence, maltreatment and sexual abuse against children. Thanks to its specific prevention programmes in schools, its training and awareness-raising activities and its expertise services, ASPI is the main reference organisation in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland for the respect, rights and good treatment of children aged 0 to 18.
Telethon is a major solidarity action to raise funds for people, resident in our country, affected by rare genetic diseases. All the net funds raised are used, without exception, in Switzerland to support research projects (50%) and social aid projects (50%): this distribution key may vary, depending on the year, by 5%. Thousands of volunteers, fire brigades, civil defence, Lions Clubs, service clubs, various associations, sports clubs, music groups, leisure groups, etc. are mobilised throughout Switzerland in support of Telethon!
The aim of the Parents and Friends of San Benedetto Schools Association (GASSB), founded in 2004, is to support the San Benedetto Foundation Schools by promoting initiatives aimed at making the educational project of the Schools known and experienced, and keeping in touch with all the parents of our pupils and all the families and friends who are close to the Association. There are many projects that are close to our hearts, some of which are: promoting the meeting of parents and educators with educational experts through organised events, raising funds for scholarships for deserving pupils whose families are unable to bear all or part of the cost of the annual fees, publication of the magazine ScuolaViva, preparation of Christmas baskets, the end-of-year party at the SB Schools, support for the school library.
Getting back on track after a serious injury or illness can be physically and morally demanding. The benefits of regular physical activity are unquestionable, but practising physical activity in unfavourable psycho-physical conditions can prove to be an extraordinary path to personal recovery and social integration. The InSuperAbili association is an official branch of the Swiss Paraplegic Association in Nottwil (www.spv.ch) and offers its members a wide range of sporting activities, as well as cultural and leisure activities such as trips, wine and food dinners, visits to museums... Among the various sports, the most important is certainly handcycling, which is also practised at a competitive level in international competitions. The association currently has 280 members, 75 of whom are disabled. Activities are carried out with qualified monitors. The mission of the association is: •
To promote sport practised by people with disabilities the promotion of social, cultural and sporting activities among its members •
To protect the interests of people with disabilities towards the public and authorities •
To encourage and develop friendship and solidarity among members •
Promote equal opportunities for myeloma patients in society •
To cooperate with other public or private bodies with similar aims •
Break down architectural barriers
inclusione andicap ticino is a non-profit public utility association that defends the rights of people with disabilities in Ticino. It is financed by public contributions, private donations and by the sale of goods and services it is able to offer. Founded in 1973, since then it helps to develop a society more respectful of the needs of persons with disabilities. It also promotes and encourages their inclusion in Ticino by fighting against marginalization, promoting accessible environments and by improving their social, cultural and economic conditions. Over the years initiatives and projects in favor of people with disabilities have multiplied, to offer them more job and socialization opportunities, to manage structures and activities and to spread the concept of equality by actively defending their rights.
La mensa e il gregge is a non-governmental organization (NGO) member of the Federation of NGOs of Southern Switzerland (FOSIT). It was founded in 2004 with the aim of helping young nomadic herders in Mongolia by making them self-reliant. The first project, which continues to this day, involves the loan, free of charge, of a herd of animals, mainly sheep and cattle, for three to four years to needy families. During this time, the flock has time to reproduce. The new animals become the full property of the nomadic family. At the end of the loan, the mother flock is instead given to other shepherds. Over the years, 'La mensa e il gregge' has also been involved on other fronts: we have built two primary schools, three kindergartens, with annexed dormitories and canteens, supported handicraft activities with micro-credits and cultural activities, such as a travelling bus turned into a library, helped young students through scholarships, built a drinking water well, constructed two urban waste dumps and a small ecocentre. We have people on the ground who monitor the smooth running of all projects.
Ladies Circle is an international organization designed for women between the ages of 18 and 45, active on 5 continents with about 12,500 members. Local circles are called Circles. The members promote friendship and dedicate themselves to supporting charities and local charitable causes. Women's Circles raise funds both by organizing various fundraising events, and by offering time and energy to lend a hand wherever necessary.
“A welcoming place where you can find people to listen and offer help and advice”. Our organisation offers, “help here and now” . Comfort, financial help, administrative accompaniment and psychological and social support for cancer patients and their relatives. It promotes prevention aimed at the early detection of cancer diseases and awareness-raising to adopt healthier lifestyles that reduce the risk of disease and/or relapse. It also promotes scientific research in the oncological field carried out in Ticino or linked to Ticino researchers. Since 1936, the Cancer League Ticino, in its 4 locations, with its 20 professionals and more than 100 volunteers working in 5 regional groups, has been offering its services free of charge to the entire resident population. It is able to carry out its activities thanks to the support of its members, donations from the population and contributions from private and public organisations.
For 50 years, MSF has been providing medical assistance to populations facing life-threatening crises: mainly armed conflicts, but also epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. All these situations require appropriate medical and logistical resources. Independent of all political, religious or military powers, MSF acts impartially, based on an assessment of medical needs. The association's independence is ensured by a large majority of private donations. MSF teams are made up of medical, logistical and administrative staff from every continent. Whether they are international or locally employed, these teams provide relief while respecting the principles of humanitarian action and medical ethics.
The Opera Don Bosco nel Mondo foundation, inspired by the educational thought of Saint John Bosco, was founded on 24 June 1965 to support socio-educational projects and to help populations affected by natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies. Its presence supports the work of the Salesians where help is most needed in numerous countries around the world, supporting projects in the field of education and training, in favor of minors in vulnerable situations, inherent to basic schooling courses, professional training courses, recreational activities and much more, in the numerous Salesian Missions. In addition to the various projects, Opera Don Bosco promotes a distance support program to help children and young people who reach out to the Salesian missions: each of them will be able to participate in the educational programs offered to them by the Salesian Works, continuing to live in the community they belong to , with their families and in the social context of reference.
In the heart of Lugano there is a welcoming structure for families, young people and children. A place to meet and share many activities prepared as well as moments of free and spontaneous play. After the recent works, today the city oratory looks like a magical place. Colourful. From the synthetic grass football pitch to the storytelling room, with themed classrooms: pirates, the sweet studio, the 500, the cinema room and many others. Currently directed by Don Emanuele di Marco.
Procap Ticino is the leading Swiss organisation for people with disabilities. Founded in 1930 as the Swiss Disability Association, it currently has more than 20,000 members in 45 regional sections, including Procap Ticino. Switzerland has more than half a million people with disabilities, who should be able to live as independently and fairly as possible despite their disability. This is at least the point of view of Procap, which is strongly attached to it at all political levels. Procap Ticino assists and advises people with disabilities on all questions and issues related to disability, in particular social security issues (DI, AVS, IPG, sickness and 2nd pillar), providing legal advice or simply meeting people.
Swisstransplant is the Swiss National Foundation for Organ Donation and Transplantation. The foundation aims to promote, develop and coordinate the transplantation of organs, tissues and cells nationwide. As the national allocation service, Swisstransplant is responsible, on behalf of the Confederation, for the allocation of donated organs in accordance with the applicable laws. It organises and coordinates all organ allocation activities at national level and cooperates with foreign allocation organisations. The Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC) has been involved in the organ donation campaign for years with information campaigns. Donating an organ can help a seriously ill person to survive and substantially improve their quality of life. An organ donor can save up to seven lives. Every year, around 60 patients die as a result of not being allocated a suitable organ. These are good reasons to decide to save other lives after your own death.
Tel 143- Telefono Amico is reachable 24 hours a day and offers help to anyone in need of support. Tel 143- Telefono Amico is an emergency number intended not only for those who find themselves in a moment of acute crisis, but also for women and men of all ages with more or less complex everyday problems. Telefono Amico Switzerland guarantees anonymity to all callers. The listening service is also a chat service.
The Terre des hommes Foundation (Tdh) is Switzerland's largest children's aid organisation. It is present in more than 30 countries with emergency and development projects, defending children's rights and promoting equitable development, without any ethnic, religious, political, cultural or gender discrimination. Every year, Terre des hommes improves the living conditions of about 3 million children and their families. TDH Ticino was officially founded on 15 May 1985 by a dozen people, most of whom had been able to become adoptive parents thanks to Terre des hommes, which at the time was one of the few organisations offering this possibility south of the Alps.