Musician Murray Mandel is raising money and awareness for The Smith Family through classical guitar performances on the Mid-North Coast.
The latest campaign comes after Mr Mandel's three-year fundraising and public awareness tour of Australia in support of Lifeline.
Almost 410 performances in 156 major shopping centres resulted in just over $71,000 donated directly from passers-by to help Lifeline.
The tour wrapped up with a performance at Canberra just eight days before the COVID-19 lockdown which disrupted Mr Mandel's plan for the near future.
He swapped classical guitar performances to help farmers and orchardists for several months, culminating in blueberry picking at Coffs Harbour in late 2020.
Mr Mandel moved to Port Macquarie in January and a new fundraising campaign eventuated in support of The Smith Family.
The national, independent children's charity helps disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures.
For example, 600 students receive Learning for Life scholarships in Taree, Wingham and Forster/Tuncurry and The Smith Family works with partner schools in the region.
"For many years, I have had always stressed that education is extremely important for all children and young people, whether they are living in disadvantage or not," Mr Mandel said.
"I would love to see all Australian children and young people to have the best education that they possibly can for the sake for their futures.
"I would never like them slipping behind in their education."
The Smith Family's team leader for the coastal team Heidi Prowse said they were extremely grateful for Mr Mandel's support.
"We really appreciate what Murray is doing for The Smith Family and for the community," she said.
The fundraising classical guitar performances kick off at Settlement City from Thursday to Sunday (April 29 to May 2) between 10am to 3pm.
That is just the start.
Within the next 12 months, from time to time, Mr Mandel will perform at shopping centres in Port Macquarie, and north to Grafton, south to Taree and as far west as Tamworth.
All donations will go to The Smith Family.
Further information about the national charity is available at The Smith Family's website.
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