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Pukkelpop launches fund for victims of storm

By | Published on Friday 2 September 2011

Pukkelpop 2011

Organisers of Pukkelpop have announced that they are launching a fund to support the victims of the storm which hit the Belgian festival last month, and the families of those who died.

As previously reported, four people were killed when a freak storm hit the festival site on the opening day of this year’s event (the death toll had originally been stated to be five, but was later dropped). Those who died were killed when a stage collapsed, but other lighting rigs and large screens also fell and around 70 people were injured. The event was initially postponed, and was then cancelled.

The Steunfonds Slachtoffers Pukkelpopstorm (or, in English, the Support Fund for the Victims of the Pukkelpop Storm) will act as an independent organisation with its own board, members of which are due to be announced today.

In a statement, the festival said: “Despite this crucial independence, Pukkelpop will stand ready, now and in the future, to make sure that the Pukkelpop organisation continues to provide the fund with the practical support it needs. Everyone taking part in the establishment and operation of the fund – now and in the future – is doing so from a sense of social engagement on an unpaid volunteer basis”.

Information on the fund and how to donate money to it can be found here.