WHEN award-winning country singer, Troy Cassar-Daley, performed at Sawtell last Saturday, he also took time out to meet some locals in his role as Ambassador for Australian Hearing.
One of those was Coramba's Dale Johnston, who is no stranger to performing on an international stage himself, albeit with a horse in his Para Equestrian events.
A keen horseman also, Troy had heard of Dale's achievements as a rider with disabilities and enjoyed sharing stories of his love of horses.
"I showed Troy pictures of my horse and he told me one of his favourite things to do on his day off is a trail ride with his family on his property," Dale said.
"This is the first real concert I have ever been to and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was great to be invited along and such a privilege to meet Troy."
Dale's multiple disabilities including hearing loss have not held him back from chasing his Paralympic dreams and Australian Hearing has been able to provide their support with hearing aids and audiology services.
Dale was joined by another Australian Hearing client, Tutti Bacon, to talk with Troy about his his love of the country and growing up in Grafton.
"As an Indigenous musician, I have strived to make a difference in people's lives, with the positive messages in song," Troy said.
"Australian Hearing has been giving people a better quality of life, on so many levels, for years and tries to achieve the best outcomes for everyone they deal with. I have admired their work in our communities for a long time now and I will try to make them proud as their ambassador."