For many, the mere thought of completing one marathon walk for charity would suffice for a lifetime of alms duties but, for Adam Sutton, getting involved with Olivia Newton-John’s great walk was just the starting point.

Last weekend this country boy, who still isn’t quite sure how he got caught up in the celebrity lifestyle, completed another 5km charity walk to raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

The boy who made it big after ABC TV’s Australian Story aired his tale about coming out in a country town has become somewhat of a local celebrity, gracing parties with his country wit and rubbing shoulders with bona fide stars like Dannii Minogue and Olivia herself.

To Sutton though, all the glam seems irrelevant in the face of what it enables him to do.
The changes over the past two years have meant something deeper than just getting invited to more parties, he told Sydney Star Observer.

I’ve started to realise my inner person and what it’s got to offer, and that’s powerful.
Being asked to get involved with charity events has been unreal. You know that you’re making a difference and it’s helping someone out, and it’s just like putting your hand out and helping and that’s probably the best aspect of having the word celebrity attached to your name.

Sutton said he certainly doesn’t consider himself a celebrity and doesn’t really understand the hype around the others he mingles with.

People mention the celebrity thing to me sometimes and it just kind of makes me blush. I mean last weekend I was camping up in the Watigans in the bush and When I got home from China I spent a month down at Cobargo working with my horses, he said.

I still do that every day of the week, I mean that’s my real job. Really, all these people who are called celebrities, they’re just people who are really good at their job.

If this is all it takes to be a celebrity, then Sutton is certainly doing his job as a source of guidance for confused country men looking for a way to come out.

I’ve enjoyed seeing what the Australian Story episode has done for different parts of the community and how it’s raised a certain profile and awareness for certain topics, Sutton said.

I hear a lot of stories from guys who come up and start introducing themselves and telling me what they’ve got from hearing me. It brought a lot of people together and it meant their stories were brought out in an easier fashion.

So yeah, there are days when you don’t really feel like talking to another person, and sometimes it can be difficult for my partner to deal with, but at the end of it I’m glad that people have got something out of my story.

info: To donate money to assist the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, head to http://live.greatwalktobeijing.com.
Cowboy-turned-celebrity and charity fundraiser Adam Sutton.

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