Graham the Blind Busker - 30 Years

I had the pleasure of meeting Graham recently and hearing some of his story. Graham has a degenerative eye condition which left him entirely blind approximately 33 years ago. He lost his teenage son to a Forklift accident and his marriage of 28 years ended shortly thereafter.

Graham mentioned to me he has recently been discharged from hospital after a hip replacement and is having trouble with finances and buying food.

Graham had been playing saxophone for 20 years. One day, after travelling into the city to purchase a cane to assist him with walking, he sat down and started playing his saxophone in the Queen Street Mall. He has since returned and provided beautiful music for 6 days a week since. It has been a release for Graham after his vision deteriorated and he was forced to stop working.

Graham is somewhat of a landmark in Brisbane, with generations remembering his music when shopping in the Mall. Graham has also contributed significantly to the community including developing a vision impaired person's typing test, volunteered teaching vision impaired preschoolers type.

Come down to the Mall and donate some coins to hear Graham play Saxophone, or provide a donation to this campaign if you are interstate, overseas or cannot make it down.

Read more about Graham's story here:

news.com.au Article 

Courier Mail Article - Graham teaching vision impaired children 

ABC Article - Graham spreading Christmas cheer 


There are some concerns about my name being listed as a beneficiary. Gofundme does not allow you to name another person as a beneficiary in Australia (https://support.gofundme.com/hc/en-us/articles/204993267-Inviting-Someone-Else-to-Withdraw) however they allow the funds to be directly placed into the person's account. Funds for this campaign will be transferred directly into Graham's account, which he has opened specifically for the Crowdfunding. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.


Above is a video from Graham after he was discharged from hospital last year. 



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Donations

  • Vida Alizad 
    • $30 
    • 21 mos
  • Vida Alizad 
    • $20 
    • 23 mos
  • Jia Shen 
    • $50 
    • 23 mos
  • Alvin Chang 
    • $10 
    • 23 mos
  • Kristen Souvlis 
    • $50 
    • 24 mos
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Organizer

Benjamin Webb 
Organizer
Brisbane, AUS
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