TRUE BLUES: Dom Turner (left) and Rob Hirst of the Backsliders are playing free for Cambodian kids at Ballina's Francis Xavier Primary School on Saturday, December 1.
TRUE BLUES: Dom Turner (left) and Rob Hirst of the Backsliders are playing free for Cambodian kids at Ballina's Francis Xavier Primary School on Saturday, December 1.

Midnight oil drummer to play school charity event

FRANCIS Xavier Primary School in Ballina has gained support from an international star for their charity fundraiser.

Former drummer for Midnight Oil and the current drummer of The Backsliders, Rob Hirst, will be performing at the school's charity concert, which aims to raise money for a Cambodian school for disabled children, Yodifee house.

"We have a particular interest and affinity with Cambodia," Mr Hirst said.

"It's something we had first hand knowledge of, as we've seen first hand the situation there."

The money from the concert, which will go from 6.30pm to 10.30pm on Saturday night, will go towards a new school bus for the school, which the children are in dire need of.

"It's a school that educates and houses disabled youths, who have suffered from polio or who have lost limbs to landmines," Richard Ryan, a teacher at Francis Xavier said.

"They are currently riding in the back of utes to school."

Mr Hirst hopes that his band's appearance will generate a lot of support for the event.

"We've got so many friends and fans in northern NSW and hopefully they will come out on the evening and support it," he said.

He went on to say that Cambodia is a worthy cause that is in great need of help in many areas.

"Cambodia is one of the poorest countries, still recovering after the Khmer Rouge, and struggling to make an economy," he said.

"We're proud to support this kind of charity."

Tickets to the event will cost $30 each, and can be bought at the school, online, or at the door on the night.

Mr Ryan said that about 150 have been sold already, but ideally he would like to sell all 400 tickets.

"It would be a healthy amount to rise for the charity."



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