Troy Cassar-Daley's visit a nice surprise for boy with hearing loss

Watson, from South West Rocks, got the surprise of his life when the award-winning country singer dropped by his school to thank him on behalf of Hearing Australia.

12-year-old Watson wanted to ‘give back’ to Hearing Australia for its support for him and his family over the past eight years. He decided to campaign to raise money for charity and increase hearing awareness at his school during Hearing Awareness Week.  

When Hearing Australia Port Macquarie got wind of his efforts, they decided to do something special for him in response.

A thank-you surprise

To thank Watson for his kindness of spirit, Hearing Australia secretly sent its newly appointed ambassador, Troy Cassar-Daley, to surprise him, his school and parents, during a school assembly in which the students were learning about hearing care from Hearing Australia.

Troy performed his hits on stage and thanked Watson for his kindness of spirit and bravery shown. Sonya Gebadi, Watson’s mother, said she and her family were completely moved by the gesture.

"I have always been proud of my Watson in everything he has done. He has faced challenges and has been brave over the years with his hearing loss. Today, I was overwhelmed by him, Troy Cassar- Daley and the support from Hearing Australia," his mum says. 

"They made his wish come true, which was to make others aware of, not only his hearing issues, but how to treat others who have a hearing loss, and above all, to take care of your hearing, to ensure you live life to its full potential. I couldn’t be prouder of my son."

About Troy Cassar-Daley

Troy Cassar-Daley is a multi-award winning Australian Country Music artist. Troy’s career has spanned 9 studio albums over 20 years. Throughout this time he has been awarded numerous accolades including 4 ARIA’s, 26 Golden Guitars, 2 APRA Country Song of the year awards, 9 Deadlys (Australian Indigenous Artist Awards), 4 CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards. He has sold in excess of half a million albums and received gold and platinum records.

He was appointed Hearing Australia's ambassador in 2015.