Ibiza Bands Together to stop ‘Silent Killer’

July 16th, 2011 - 4:11 pm Posted in ibiza | Comments (0)

This summer, as part of a week long series of events in Ibiza, The World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) is making a wristband available to holiday makers which will get them discounts and freebies at all the best night spots on the island including Ibiza Rocks, We Love Music at Space, Aura and Café Mambo; it even gets you money off diving schools, car hire, child care with Babe Watch and early-bird bookings for your holiday next year. You could even win your summer 2012 villa with it!

The World Hepatitis Alliance is the international umbrella organization of patient groups around the world working to raise awareness of hepatitis B and C. 500 million people have one or other of these viruses and 1 million people die every year as a result, yet who knows anything about them? This year they are partnering with the World Health Organization to organise the very first official World Hepatitis Day on July 28th.

Ibiza has been at the forefront of awareness raising for hepatitis C for many years, with legendry parties at Manumission, Ibiza Rocks and We love Music at Space and Ibiza’s yearly music festival the International Music Summit all doing their bit to promote awareness.

On the 24 July Mark and Sarah Broadbent of We Love Music at Space will be raising money via their guest list for the WHA’s sister organization The Hepatitis C Trust for the third year running: they have raised over €7,500 so far.

27 July sees The Hepatitis C Trust join forces with Guilty Pleasures on the first night of their summer residency at Aura, where they’ll be auctioning a selection of Boy George’s 80s Icon photography series.

On 29 July WHA will be at Café Mambo and, alongside world renowned DJ sets, The Alliance has organized a super luxury lucky dip giving away tickets to Hurts, Example and Pete Doherty gigs as well festivals including Croatia’s popular Outlook Festival. There will be chances to win great days out and dinners on the island as well as designer products and saucy underwear.

The Alliance’s Gemma Peppe says:

         Ibiza has a reputation for being a party island but actually it’s full of young open-minded people who have the power to change perceptions. Part of the problem with hep B & C is the lack of awareness and the stigma. To make inroads it’s crucial to raise awareness amongst the young. Not only can they change attitudes and perceptions but they can learn preventative measures to stop the spread of both illnesses. Ibiza is an international crowd and we are an international organization, so it’s a no-brainer

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