Sale’s own ‘angel’ featured in podcast

SALE’S Sue Wilson is featured in a podcast series called Ordinary Angels, hosted by Carter and Carter.

The series spotlights seemingly ordinary people in the community who do extraordinary things.

Sue was asked to participate because of her work raising awareness of mental health and suicide prevention, since losing her youngest sister to suicide in 2013.

She has volunteered with many organisations, helped out in any way she could with local artists and touring artists, and her family has even hosted international artists in Sale.

Sue has always been community-minded, but her family’s loss in 2013 made her determined to make a bigger difference if she could.

With an idea and the encouragement from an artist friend, Sue created her show in Tamworth, the country music capital of Australia, and dedicated it to raising awareness and money for charities associated with her cause.

The show, called Pure Country Spectacular has gone from strength to strength and now has a true following of fans and a strong reputation as being one of the must-see shows during Australia’s biggest country music festival.

Sue is delighted her message is getting out.

“This is a humbling achievement for me,” she said.

“To have so many people love the show I have created and to see so many of the same people each year attending, hearing the praise about the wonderful job I do and knowing that the message my show is designed to put out there is working only inspires me to do more and make it even better.

“The show has been broadcast live over the past two years, streamed by Farmgate Productions, and this has created an even bigger community of fans, with so many people using social media to reach out and thank me.

“Because so many of my performers are true advocates for mental health, having suffered themselves or have a personal connection to someone who does, their stories and my story have allowed the audience to feel they are not alone in the struggles that they may be enduring and I love that I can make people feel better,” Sue said.

Through the Pure Country Spectacular, new young acts can take to a stage for the first time to showcase their talent – perhaps a spot they’d take much longer to get without Sue’s help.

It also gives audiences the chance to be surprised with appearances from some of the biggest names this country has to offer.

The Wolfe Brothers, Travis Collins, Amber Lawrence, Troy Cassar-Daley and the Bushwackers include some of Sue’s guests over the years.

But the biggest part of her show is raising awareness of just how many people are suffering internally, and how others can help.

This year in Tamworth, Sue chose the organisation ‘R U OK?’ as her beneficiary, but over the years various others have been assisted by her show, such as Beyond Blue and Lifeline.

Sue said that she hoped that the next show would target an organisation such as Alive or Headspace for their focus on teens and adolescents, because now, more than ever, youngsters needed support, she said.

These organisations work within schools through a program suited to a younger age group, allowing students to gain trust and confidence, and work through many issues faced in today’s world.

Sue joins an Ordinary Angels alumni list that includes Anne Kirkpatrick (Slim Dusty’s daughter), Joy McKean, artist and presenter Felicity Urquhart, Lyn Bowtell, Tim Costello from World Vision Australia, Tony Winter (Uniting Church), and Steve Grace.

People can watch all the real-life stories and watch Sue’s ‘Pure Country Spectacular’ show.

Sue said the podcast series had made a huge difference to many lives.

“I know that firsthand from the many people who have been touched by my story and want to tell me their own,” she said.