On 29 August 2016, former Federal Councillor Dr. h.c. Adolf Ogi received the Erich Walser Generations Prize 2016 in person at the 10th World Demographic & Ageing Forum “Our Next World” at the University of St.Gallen. The prize is awarded to individuals who make an exemplary contribution to advancing understanding between the generations. The jury consisted of Prof. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens from the University of St.Gallen, Stefan Loacker, CEO of the Helvetia Group, and delegates of the Board of Directors of WDA Forum AG. It noted that through his dedication, positive attitude and courageously far-sighted approach to social change, Adolf Ogi has led the way in demonstrating that the challenges society faces both now and in the future can only be overcome if people act and learn intergenerationally.
Moritz Leuenberger lauds exemplary far-sightedness
In his encomium, former fellow politician Moritz Leuenberger also praised Adolf Ogi’s talent for devising bold new projects and communicating his enthusiasm for them to young people in particular, adding that Ogi had always pursued his visions free from the constraints of ideology and out of profound humanity. Future generations would benefit from his work as a UN Special Advisor on Sport and Federal Councillor in combating landmines and promoting a sustainable energy policy. The same applied to the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA), a project that Adolf Ogi set in motion. Stefan Loacker, CEO of the Helvetia Group which is insuring the NRLA construction site for the Gotthard and Ceneri tunnels, also expressed his gratitude, adding: “Life insurance and pension provision are at the heart of our business, so we know just how important it is to promote understanding between the generations. Adolf Ogi has consistently advanced that dialogue, both as a politician and in an honorary capacity.”
Prize money goes to the “Freude herrscht” foundation
Originally created in 2005 as the Prix des Générations, the prize has now been renamed and presented for the first time in memory of Erich Walser, a founder member of the WDA Forum, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Helvetia Holding AG. It is awarded every three years under the auspices of the WDA Forum and is endowed with CHF20,000 by Helvetia Insurance. Adolf Ogi is donating the money to his “Freude herrscht” foundation, which supports programmes that encourage children to develop healthy self-confidence and physical fitness. Ogi expressed his delight at the award, noting: “The prize will enable us to support even more projects in this area. Our Foundation aims to instil virtues such as vitality, fitness, perseverance, helpfulness and comradeship in future generations.”
Regional recognition award for the Krönli Kids 2015/2016 – SC Brühl St.Gallen 1901
The Krönli Kids children’s football academy of SC Brühl St.Gallen 1901 has the same objective. It received the first regional recognition award on the same evening. The award, worth CHF3,000, is endowed by the WDA Generations Club. In his speech Adolf Ogi praised the keen footballers of Krönli Kids, stating: “They are a living example of integration and passionate intergenerational cooperation.” Each year the trainers, who are all retired, offer some 60 children aged five and six from around 30 nations a fun and relaxed introduction to football while also emphasising values such as fairness, order and discipline.
Photo 1: Regina Regenass, Managing Director of the WDA Forum, and Stefan Loacker, CEO of the Helvetia Group, present the Erich Walser Generations Prize to former Federal Councillor Adolf Ogi.
Photo 2: In his speech, Moritz Leuenberger praised the cross-generational commitment of his fellow politician, former Federal Councillor Adolf Ogi.
Photo 3: The Krönli Kids 2015/2016 of SC Brühl St.Gallen 1901 received the regional recognition award from the WDA Forum.