A GROUP that encourages men to “open up, not harden up” will hold several free Fathers Day events across Perth.
ManUp Perth runs a 15-week program to help identify, expose and understand root issues of why men experience dysfunction.
“Our aim is to restore men to their true identity and become better fathers, husbands, spouses, business owners, employees and contributors to our society,” North regional director Danny De Lakatani said.
“Through ManUp, men make positive decisions to remain drug-free, alcohol-free, smoke-free, make a firm commitment to their partners and families, and become positive role-models by taking responsibility.
“It ultimately exists to provide men the platform to open up, not harden up, in order to heal, restore themselves, and become stable in their situations.”
Mr De Lakatani said ManUp would hold free Fathers Day breakfasts at its Leda, Forrestfield and Merriwa locations and a free dinner in Balga on Sunday, September 1.
He said by joining groups, men became part of a brotherhood that supported them and helped restore families.
“Dysfunctional men are the root cause of many challenges we see in society today, whether it’s violence, anger, neglect or addiction to drugs, alcohol or pornography,,” he said.
“Men become unable to function well as partners, husbands and fathers because of these dysfunctions.”
ManUp has more than 300 groups operating in New Zealand, with more in Australia and Cambodia.
In Perth there are already groups in Yanchep, Alkimos, Balga, Hammersley, Warwick, Malaga, Armadale, Kwinana and Gosnells, with plans to start up in Mirrabooka and Waikiki.
Visit the ManUp Perth Facebook page for more information or call Danny on 0472 653 498 for northern suburbs groups and Terry on 0407 767 898 for southern suburbs groups.