Drummers do make the world a better place. Just take a look at what Jeremy Taggart of Our Lady Peace, Daren Pfieffer of Goldfinger, and Dave Clarke of Gord Downie have done to raise awareness and money to benefit the needy children who live in the war-torn region of Darfur, Sudan. Last year the three high-profile rockers helped organize the first Drummers For Darfur parade in their hometown of Toronto, Canada for the organization Warchild. And they’re at it again, as drummers from around Toronto plan to take to the streets on Saturday, May 29.
Last year’s parade raised $12,000, and the organizers hope to reach $20,000 this year. All participants will raise money through War Child‘s easy to use online pledge system and through donations gathered on parade day. The money will provide teacher training to 60 teachers, and educational materials (classroom kits and textbooks) to students who are enrolled in War Child’s Accelerated Learning Programs at the Youth Protection Centers.
Drummers for Darfur will gather at 1:00 p.m. at Grange Park, Toronto (behind the Art Gallery Of Ontario) to prepare to play and parade their way down to and along Queen St. West ending up at Trinity-Bellwoods Park for an all-out drum fest. Go ahead. Grab a drum. And help children halfway around the world. You can sign up here.