In the tradition of the station from which the “Restos du Coeur” appeal was launched 27 years ago, in 2012 Europe 1 decided to create the Europe 1 Solidarity award to support a non-profit organization by offering it free airtime on its airwaves.
From 21 January to 31 March 2013, for the competition’s second year, non-governmental organizations headquartered in France, in existence for over three years, and whose social-service activities concern health, disabilities, the environment, the fight against poverty, social inclusion and return to employment, access to education and culture, and/or the defence of human rights may submit their candidacy to Europe 1 by completing the downloadable application package available at solidarite.europe1.fr.
A panel of celebrities, actors and well-known observers working in the name of solidarity will choose the organization that best deserves the Europe 1 Solidarity award. The panel’s members include:
- Florence Aubenas, journalist and president of the International Observatory of Prisons (IOP).
- Martin Hirsch, president of the Agence du Service Civique and co-president of the Enterprise and Poverty Action Think Tank.
- Nicolas Poincaré, special correspondent and senior journalist at Europe 1, and host of the Europe 1 evening show.
- Rony Brauman, former president of Médecins sans Frontières (Nobel Peace Prize winner for 1999).
The recipient of the Europe 1 Solidarity award will receive support from Europe 1 in the form of a free publicity campaign worth €100,000 and broadcasts on its airwaves. This exposure will allow the organization to spotlight the cause it supports and increase listeners’ awareness of its activities.
Le Refuge, a national organization that campaigns against the isolation of young homosexuals and transsexuals who are no longer in contact with their families and works to combat homophobia and transphobia, won the Europe 1 Solidarity award in 2012.