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Art & Design Student raises money for charity and drums with Primal Scream

It's easy to see Muznibin Ali's upbeat and confident personality, his relaxed and positive attitude is hard to miss. This is a creative young man who is very proactive. It's been a busy couple of months for the Art & Design student, 19, who has managed to play drums with Primal Scream , meet Royalty and raise money for charity.

Muznibin became involved with the Teenage Cancer Trust after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 16. The Teenage Cancer Trust supports young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are affected by cancer and Muznibin has had support from them throughout.Muznibin Ali

Muznibin is dedicated to promoting the work of the charity that operates 26 units across the country. He wants to let other people know what young people affected by cancer are going through. “These young people should be in college and hanging out with their friends but instead are in hospital receiving treatment” explains Muznibin. He wants to raise awareness of this and promote the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust whose vision is to ensure young people affected are treated as young people first and cancer patients second.

Drumming with Primal Scream

As part of the charity's hugely popular week of concerts, held at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring a host of music legends, Muznibin got the opportunity to attend a workshop where he, and others involved with the charity got to record two songs. The workshop was held on 21st March 2013 ahead of the evening performance by rock legends Primal Scream. The workshop was paid a visit by Darrin Mooney, the drummer from Primal Scream whose hits include Rocks, Movin' on Up and Loaded. Muznibin got to chat to the drummer and get tips for his contribution on the drums to the two songs the workshop were working on. You can check out the songs from the workshop here

Muznibin got on really well with drummer Darrin and was invited on stage during the band's performance.

“The workshops and concerts are really inspiring and send out a message to young people not to give up on anything they love doing” says Muznibin. “The concert brings awareness of what these young people are going through and the young people involved feel very proud”.

A Royal Meeting

As if getting to be on stage with a world renowned, legendary band wasn't enough, Muznibin also got to be involved with the opening of a new Teenage Cancer Trust Outpatient Facility, the first of its kind in the country at UCL Hospital which included meeting Sarah Ferguson and daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York. Unlike an ordinary hospital ward, the Hub has been exclusively designed to bring young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in an environment designed just for them.

Not only did Muznibin attend the event and meet the guests, he also personally raised funds for the charity, enabling them to continue their excellent work. Read the full story here.

What's next?

Momentum keeps gathering for Muznibin who wants to combine his passion for Art and Design with his fundraising by displaying and selling his art in the Trust's centres across the country, with proceeds going back into the charity.

Muznibin is an inspirational young person and we, at Tower Hamlets College are immensely proud of his drive and achievements.

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