Drumming up support for SARS fight

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government plans to build the world's biggest drum in a publicity stunt to draw attention to the fight against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a news report said yesterday. 

Visitors from around the world would be invited to take part in a ceremony in which it is hoped that hundreds of thousands of people would beat the drum to show unity in fighting SARS, the South China Morning Post reported. 

Officials said the government would sponsor the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra to build the drum, which is intended to symbolise Hong Kong's “rebirth” after dispelling SARS. 

It is hoped the drum will make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.  

The world's largest drum is the Ireland Millennium Drum, which has a diameter of 4.72m and is 1.01m deep. – dpa  

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