„Tu was, dann tut sich was“: Winners of the 3rd Jury meeting announced

The Jury of “Tu was, dann tut sich was” (Throw the ball to get things rolling) came for the third and last time together to select the winning projects of the first Austrian social festival. Out of 31 project ideas submitted in the category “fight against poverty”, 21 will receive funding. The implementation of all projects will start immediately and will take place in the course of 2012 in the second Festival Region of the Steirische Eisenstraße. To name only a few of them:

Tu was gegen Rassismus (Do something against racism)
Teresa Griesebner, Elisabeth Kotynkowiecz and Victoria Vorraber act as multiplicatiors in their schools for topics like racism, asylum, integration and migration. Now they would like to share their experience and knowledge about other cultures, respectful and tolerant behaviour with other students.

Mit Bildung gegen Armut (With education against poverty)
Reading competency is one of the prerequisites for education and participation in the society. Trough reading sessions, coupon systems and prominent authors of books for children, Erika Doringer and Helga Randbar try to motivate socially disadvantaged children to strengthen their learning and reading competences.

Roma Jazz Club
The Priest Dechant Maximilian Tödtling would like to draw the attention to the difficult situation of Roma in his community. His idea: the parish community and the local Roma community organise together a programme for their fellow citizens. Together they plan to play music and serve Vinzi-pasta as well as other local culinary specialties.

The overall goal of the “Tu was…” initiative is to awake potential altruism in the region, strengthen it and make it visible to the community. Solidarity, which commonly is expressed through voluntarism in Austria, may cause deliberate self-reflection and counter growing individualism in our society. There are questions the “Tu was dann tut sich was”-projects want to find answers for: Where and how does altruism appear in our society, where can a lack of involvement be identified? What are the needs of human beings? Where do poverty, exclusion and hostility emerge and how can someone counter those developments? Where does altruism and solidarity become obvious and how can we advocate this culture? Tu was dann tut sich was is an initiative that has it’s genesis in the community. For it’s implementation the projects needs ideas directly from the society.

More information about the “Tu was…” initiative you will find at www.tu-was.at