Beat drum for cancer appeal

Co-ordinator and counsellor Simon Faulkner plays drums.
Co-ordinator and counsellor Simon Faulkner plays drums.

The Hills Community Drum Circle is filling the Royal Park Hall with a variety of drums, with first-timers, amateurs and professionals encouraged to make a beat.

The event is a part of the worldwide Drumstrong initiative, which links people via satellite to similar drumming sessions in the US, Europe and Asia.

Local co-ordinator Simon Faulkner said the idea was for people to get their friends to sponsor them to drum for an hour or two, with the money raised going to the Cancer Council.

‘Like many people, I have had close friends battle, with different amounts of success, with cancer,’ he said. ‘I use drumming in my work as a counsellor and know the restorative benefits of music generally and drumming in particular.’

Mr Faulkner said instruments would be provided, with some of WA’s leading drummers facilitating the five-hour long drum circle. Dancers are also needed.