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Murray’s classical act

Thursday, 10th May, 2018

Guitarist Murray Mandel is in Broken Hill on his three-year tour of the nation for Lifeline. Guitarist Murray Mandel is in Broken Hill on his three-year tour of the nation for Lifeline.

By Emily Ferguson

For 15 months Murray Mandel has been touring Australia performing classical guitar music to raise money for Lifeline, and he’s only just getting started. 

Murray has stopped in Broken Hill for his 185th performance of the tour, and his total stands at $28,704.40. 

He began his tour in the country’s capital on March 6 last year. Since then he has been working his way around Australia with the hope of visiting over 150 places before finishing back in Canberra on March 9, 2020. 

Murray has profound hearing loss in both ears, a result of an imbalance in the  oxygen tent he was put in for 20 minutes after his mother’s difficult labour. 

On his self-funded tour, he is living out of his campervan but feels honoured to be fundraising and making the public aware of Lifeline’s services. 

“It’s a privilege, a very gruelling tour, but it’s a privilege,” said Murray. 

“The main task is to raise public awareness and reach out, remind as many fellow Australians as possible about Lifeline. Lifeline is always there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

For as long as he can remember, Murray has been intrigued by the Silver City.

“There has always been some sort of mystery about Broken Hill to me,” he said. “Since I was a little boy, I have been pointing my finger on the map at Broken Hill and I don’t know why, I can’t explain it.”

He arrived in town on Tuesday and intends to stay a full week before motoring on to Wentworth. 

“Everyone here is very, very nice so far,” he said.

Murray will be performing at Coles today and tomorrow, and Westside Plaza on Saturday and Monday. All performances will be given between 10am and 2.30pm. 

All the money raised will be donated to Lifeline Broken Hill.

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