Meet Sue Jowell, Fine Music Donor

Fine Music presenter, Sue Jowell

About Sue

I emigrated from South Africa in 2007 at which point I “retired”. I have a degree in languages and a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations. As a PRO I worked for non-government organisations in the sphere of politics (SA Institute of Race Relations) and did voluntary work for schools in Soweto. I also worked at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange – which incidentally introduced me to broadcasting, as I was required to read closing prices live on SABC every day! I also served on the Board of Governors of two private schools for over 25 years.

During this time, I acquired registration as a professional Exhibition organiser and fundraiser with the SA Institute of Fund Raising. From 1995 I ran my own PR business organising School Marketing Exhibitions, Educational conferences and workshops. I actively raised funds for a number of charitable organisations and The National Symphony Orchestra. In my spare time, I presented on a small community radio station.

What does Fine Music Sydney mean to you?

Fine Music has given me the opportunity to indulge my love of music in all its guises. I love presenting, but more importantly, I love researching the music which is not familiar to me (or which I may not even like!) I also hugely value the chance to utilise my own extensive CD collection. I have been a collector for as long as I can remember.

Fine Music to me, is a place of peace, chaos, amusement, laughter, frustration and above all camaraderie – a place where I can forget my problems and become immersed in the job at hand.

Why Sue donates to Fine Music

There are two reasons I donate;

1. Music is a vital ingredient in the education of the young and the stimulation of the old. This is the objective of our Fine Music Centre, which I can see is already being met. No doubt it will require continued funding to expand its services.

2. The station provides occupation, stimulation, and company – precious gifts – for its many volunteers, the majority of whom are retired and perhaps live alone. We would be lost without it. Having worked within voluntary organisations all my life, this is the only one that I have seen that actually gives back to its volunteers. Most organisations take but never give back.  I believe it is in our interest as volunteers to donate. All volunteers should be encouraged to give even the smallest amount regularly, to ensure that this unique facility continues. I also believe that if volunteers become involved in and identify with the fundraising process it will be easier to reach the wider public (this is a big subject and one for another day!!).

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