Murray Mandel performing at Dalby Shoppingworld.
Murray Mandel performing at Dalby Shoppingworld. Sam Flanagan

Travelling Australia for a cause

SOME individual artists travel around the country endorsing their own music or careers.

Others go down a different path and spend their time advocating a cause close to their hearts. The latter best describes retired Sydney man Murray Mandel.

Mr Mandel brought his one-man band to Dalby last Friday, advocating for the charity Lifeline. The former microbiologist said he considered starting his own foundation when he finished work, however decided to take his guitar to towns across Australia on behalf of Lifeline.

"My main task is to raise public awareness of Lifeline and reach out to my fellow Australians about its importance,” Mr Murray said.

He has been performing classical guitar for three years and says he loves what he does.

"I have had a lot of touching moments across my tour thus far with people expressing their deep crisis, and I always urge them to phone Lifeline,” he said.