Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

A SELF-TAUGHT clas­si­cal gui­tarist who is pro­foundly deaf will be per­form­ing across Perth to raise money for Life­line as part of a “gru­elling” three-year na­tional tour.

Mur­ray Man­del en­tered his 13th month of the tour by play­ing his 166th na­tional per­for­mance at Rock­ing­ham Shop­ping Cen­tre, bring­ing his fundrais­ing tally to more than $25,000.

The for­mer mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist from Syd­ney is self-fund­ing the trip and trav­els around Aus­tralia in his camper van, per­form­ing in shop­ping cen­tres and col­lect­ing do­na­tions from passers-by.

Mr Man­del, who is al­most 100 per cent deaf, do­nates ev­ery dol­lar raised in each city to that state or ter­ri­tory Life­line branch.

Al­though the for­mer tai chi in­struc­tor has never needed the ser­vices pro­vided by Life­line, he said the tour was about mak­ing the pub­lic aware the ser­vice is there if needed.

“It’s a gru­elling tour but a real priv­i­lege,” Mr Man­del said.

“As we are all aware, there are so many Aus­tralians go­ing through very deep per­sonal cri­sis, so I would like to re­mind Aus­tralians to speak out or phone Life­line if needed.

“I have had 35 in­di­vid­u­als, sep­a­rately in dif­fer­ent shop­ping com­plexes, ap­proach me and ex­press their per­sonal prob­lems.

“I had them read the facts about Life­line on one of my two dis­play boards and pleaded with them to phone Life­line.”

With the school year now un­der way and hav­ing read sev­eral ar­ti­cles about stu­dents be­ing bul­lied, the 64-year-old wanted to fur­ther spread his mes­sage to “fel­low Aus­tralians” of all ages.

Mr Man­del said school stu­dents, pri­mary and sec­ondary, and young adults needed to be strong, ig­nore the bul­lies and tell a trusted adult.

“Speak out to your close ones and you’ll have the sup­port from them, by telling them you will feel strong,” he said.

“Speak out to Life­line, it’s there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and Life­line will do their ut­most to as­sist and clar­ify the best pos­si­ble so­lu­tions for you.

“It is the build-up of in­ner strength over a pe­riod of time that will help enor­mously for the rest of your life.”

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