10-year old Oliver Murphy began playing Violin three years ago, when he joined the Strings Program at Gabbinbar State School.
Oliver’s father Mr Ken Murphy said his love of music continued to grow, when last year he also took on the Double Bass – an instrument towering over the top of him. Although only twelve months into playing, he is a proud member of the Toowoomba Regional Youth Orchestra as their Double Bass Player. “As part of the Orchestra, he performs at various concerts including the recent Toocon Festival in Toowoomba. Next month he will be up on stage in Brisbane with the Qld Youth Orchestra 2 in a combined performance”.
With a desire to own his own Double Bass, Oliver has been regularly busking with his Violin at various events, including a fortnightly appearance at the My Local Feast Farmers Markets at Cobb & Co. In just over twelve months, his growing repertoire of 40+ songs has allowed him to already earn close to half of his $8,500 goal towards his Double Bass.
Despite his dedication to reaching his goal as quickly as possible, he recently volunteered, on his own volition, to busk at the Camellia Show for the day and donate all takings to the Toowoomba Hospice.
Mr Murphy said Oliver was extremely proud of himself when he counted $171.05, and excited that this money would all go to the Toowoomba Hospice. “Announcing the news on his Facebook Page (A Boy, A Violin, A Lamb, and A Tuxedo), a further donation was received to bring the total amount up to $210 for the Toowoomba Hospice”
Administration & Fundraising Manager Mr Mark Munro said Oliver and his family should be very proud of his kind gesture in putting the Hospice’s needs before his own “Oliver is certainly a wonderful credit to his parents for the way he has gone about helping the Hospice, here is a young boy wanting to raise money for a Double Bass of his own and does this for us! We are so grateful to have the support of everyone in our community especially the younger generation – Thank you Oliver you are a champion.”
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