Jacquie Bernier benefit gig

August 5th, 2010 - 3:12 pm Posted in ibiza | Comments (1)

Update: 11/08/10: There will will be food, booze, a ton of great raffle prizes to win and a special night at Guarana in the port afterwards with some special guests.

On the evening of August 17th there will be a huge benefit gig on the Plaza in front of the Ayuntamiento of Santa Eularia featuring the majority of the island’s international musical talent.

Most of you will recall the gas explosion at the Mare Nostrum apartment block near to the promenade of Santa Eularia on June 13th, which dominated the front pages of the local press and almost destroyed the apartment block. To date fire investigators are still unable to confirm the cause of the explosion and therefore those who will ultimately be responsible for the damage caused.

The lady in whose apartment the explosion took place, Jacquie Bernier – a well loved local figure, suffered such severe burns that she was airlifted to the La Fe hospital in Valencia, reputed to have one of the finest burns units in Europe. We are happy to report that she was deemed well enough to be moved from their intensive care unit in mid-July and is finally able to speak, having been fully sedated for over five weeks.

She won’t be leaving the hospital any time soon, but when she does she will be severely handicapped and, of course, devoid of possessions. She lost everything she possessed in the inferno. Obviously, the purpose of the benefit gig is to try and raise some funds first to buy her some clothes, then to put down a deposit on a suitable flat so that she can return home to Ibiza. It could be a long time before liability for the explosion is finalised and a settlement through the courts finally arrives to help her through the rest of her life.

To this end the island’s musicians, the Ayuntamiento and many other generous sponsors are throwing their weight behind this benefit event. It is truly refreshing, once again, to see the way in which our truly international community rallies round to help in times of an individual’s personal adversity. See you all in front of the Ayuntamiento of Santa Eularia from 8 pm on August 17th…

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