In 2013, the Sepp Blatter Foundation decided on an exceptional basis to present its award – for the second year running – to a humanitarian-social institution in the Upper Valais in recognition of its extraordinary commitment and dedication to helping people with special needs. The 2013 award, which was once again worth CHF 20,000, was presented to the insieme oberwallis association. Founder Sepp Blatter and Foundation President Niklaus Furger presented the award and cheque to the President of insieme oberwallis, Edith Nanzer, at a small ceremony held in the auditorium of the curative school of Glis that was also attended by the entire Sepp Blatter Foundation Board of Management as well as by representatives of the Brig-Glis local authority and a number of students and insieme oberwallis residents.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the association, which is involved with people with special needs in the Upper Valais. The association works in cooperation with the canton and a number of other parties to provide these people with a special programme, which the association also helps to finance. The association’s main focus areas are:
- Curative services
- Special education
- Work and activities
In his address, Founder Sepp Blatter congratulated insieme oberwallis and thanked everyone involved with the association for their excellent and invaluable support. He also touched upon the importance of hope for everyone, using football as an example by saying that every defeat is always accompanied by the hope of victory in the next match. He said that he was delighted that his foundation had been able to make a small contribution towards supporting the association in the pursuit of its objectives.
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