Mel Yeates is busking to raise money for Beyond Blue and Love Your Sister



With a guitar in her hand, a song on her lips - and a fire to create change – Mel Yeates set out on a busking tour.

The 30-year-old is working her way around Australia to raise $100,000 for BeyondBlue and Love Your Sister and she’s already collected more than $30,000. 

She will bring her tour to Morpeth’s River Royal Hotel on Friday, March 17, between 6pm and 11pm before she heads to Queensland and the Northern Territory next month. 

It’s a journey that’s close to her heart. Her cousin has battled cancer twice and had to have a double lung transplant, and at a year 9 camp two of her friends were tragically killed when a tree landed on their tent during a storm.

“And so I busk on behalf of all who have suffered from cancer, depression and anxiety, for those that have lost a friend or family member, in the hopes that the least I can do is put a smile on someone's face for a moment, to chase away the black dog that is depression, and to help find a cure for cancer,” she said. 

“It's been such an amazing journey already - so many stories have been told.”

“Everyone has a story to tell, but not all are ready to share it.

“My story is my motivator for this amazing journey around Australia.”

Follow her journey through her Facebook page or donate at