This weekend, from 26th – 29th June, Terre des hommes is, for the second time, the OpenAir St. Gallen charity partner. At the second largest festival in Switzerland, which has been sold out for months, Tdh is showcasing its projects in an original way – and its visitors can expect great prizes.
The 38th OpenAir St. Gallen festival boasts a glittering high-profile line-up: The Black Keys, Seeed, Imagine Dragons and many more will grace the Sittertobel this year. Also taking part: Terre des hommes. The festival gives the children’s charity the ideal arena to get people interested in child and youth rights effectively. As the exclusive charity partner, Terre des hommes will be there again this year with a stand: to the left of the Sitterbühne, festival-goers can donate their glass-deposit money and play a game of chance with the chance to win, among other prizes, a 4-day pass for OpenAir St. Gallen 2015.
Donations will go towards a project in South America, where Terre des hommes is involved, for the most part, with young offenders. Poverty, broken homes or migration are, among others, the reasons why children and young people find themselves in conflict with the law. The consequences are often imprisonment, lack of access to education and no contact with family. Terre des hommes is committed to a system of justice adapted to children, better prison conditions and, where possible, the use of alternative methods of punishment. Children are to be able to make up for their offences, realise their guilt and take responsibility. For Jan Schneider, head of Terre des hommes in German-speaking Switzerland, a subject that also preoccupies festival-goers is one of “making up for and forgiveness for delinquent acts is essential both in Switzerland and South America. We therefore think that here we have found a very unifying and topical subject.”
We are looking forward to many visits and an unforgettable festival!