Murray touring Australia busking to raise money and awareness for Lifeline

MAN ON A MISSION: Murray Mandel is touring Australia busking and raising money for Lifeline. He is performing outside Woolworths Lithgow on Wednesday and Thursday. Picture: HOSEA LUY
MAN ON A MISSION: Murray Mandel is touring Australia busking and raising money for Lifeline. He is performing outside Woolworths Lithgow on Wednesday and Thursday. Picture: HOSEA LUY

Murray Mandel has been profoundly deaf since birth, but he’s not letting that get in the way of his goal of raising money for Lifeline.

Mr Mandel is in the early stages of a monumental three-year-long classical guitar street performing tour across Australia.

He will be in performing in front of Woolworths Lithgow on Wednesday and Thursday between 10am and 2pm before heading to Katoomba.

The tour kicked off in Canberra on March 6, 2017 and is scheduled to finish back in the nation’s capital on March 9, 2020.

The former microbiologist and Tai Chi instructor hopes members of the public will enjoy his “soothing” music but more so that they will be reminded of the work of the Lifeline telephone counselling service.

“If you are experiencing deep personal crises such as abuse, trauma, violence, bullying, mental illness, drug, alcohol or gambling addiction, stress from family or work, and that includes suicidal thoughts and attempts, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14,” Mr Mandel said.

Mr Mandel said he was particularly touched by a recent comment from a passer-by in a rural community.

“She said to me ‘thank you very much for what you are doing, you are sending out messages to the farmers’,” he said.