A GROUP of eager young drummers have raised nearly R18000 for a Port Elizabeth children's home.
The group – 32 students from the DDrums Drumming Academy between the ages of 7 and 18 – recently hosted a concert at the Boardwalk Amphitheatre in aid of the MTR Smit Children's Haven.
Performing a range of hits from artists including Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi, Pink and Maroon 5, they managed to raise R17800.
The academy's teacher, Derrick Badenhorst, said he had started planning the concert in August last year.
"We have been practising since. I wanted to give back to the community and I decided that the kids should raise funds for other kids who are less privileged.
"For many of the young drummers it was their first performance for a large audience. The kids truly had a good time and they impressed everyone who came to watch them."
The haven's director, Dr Crystal Watson, said she was touched by what the drummers had done. "I took 100 kids to the event, which was well attended.
"They really enjoyed the function and it was a very cultural event. We are also so grateful for the money they raised. It will go to their education and for medical purposes," she said. "A lot of people also became aware of MTR Smit Children's Haven and they did not know about it before."