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MercyCare welcomes pianist David Helfgott for a special performance

Residents living at MercyCare’s Residential Aged Care were in for an extraordinary treat when internationally-renowned pianist David Helfgott visited for a special one-off performance.

Mr Helfgott, whose life was dramatised in the award-winning 1996 Australian movie Shine, performed for MercyCare residents in the atrium of the Residential Aged Care facility.

He was in Perth to perform his farewell concert at Mundaring Weir, but shares an affinity with elderly people and wanted to give a personal gift to the residents of MercyCare through his music.

"I like older people and I enjoy spending time in their company, so I was very happy to play for the residents at MercyCare," he said.

MercyCare Executive Director of Aged Care Services Carlo Calogero said residents loved having such a celebrated musical prodigy in their midst.

"David’s incredible reputation precedes him, and naturally all our residents were very excited to see him perform," he said.

"It was a fairly unique opportunity for our residents to see a world-class performance from the comfort of their own home at MercyCare."

MercyCare Chief Executive Officer Chris Hall thanked Mr Helfgott for his generosity in sharing his music with the residents of MercyCare.

"Sometimes the elderly can be isolated from cultural events within our community, so we are enormously grateful for David’s generosity and thoughtfulness, giving his time to spend with our residents," he said.