Manning Primary School dads band together to become better fathers

Mark Boyes, Rory Boyes, Lucus Murray, Emily Murray, Rory Murray, Isabella Ethan and Jarred Ethan.
Mark Boyes, Rory Boyes, Lucus Murray, Emily Murray, Rory Murray, Isabella Ethan and Jarred Ethan.

A GROUP of Manning residents are helping to spread awareness of the important role fathers should play in engaging positively with their children.

The Mann Club is a collective of dads whose children attend Manning Primary School or live in the local area.

Organiser Rory Murray said the Mann Club heeded the principles of the Fathering Project and sought to offer support, inspiration and friendship to others navigating fatherhood.

“The Fathering Project is a national initiative that has kicked some pretty big goals and so we wanted to apply that thinking to our community and see how we can make a difference at a grass roots level and it has really taken off,” Mr Murray said.

“We are busting the myth that dads have heaps of time to spend with their kids because we fundamentally believe that time is limited and that time is easily wasted if you don’t pay attention to the fact.

“There has been lots of talk of only having 12 summers over 12 years to spend with your child before they become a teenager and look towards friends and others in their peer group as the major influence in their lives.

“My personal drive stems from my own dad who in his later years expressed much regret that he didn’t spend as much time as he thought he should have with his kids when they were kids – and that time cannot be caught up later.”

The Mann Club is hosting a welcome night, with pizza and drinks, on April 12 , from 7pm at the Manning Tennis Club.

“We are like-minded people organising events that dads and their kids want to go to such as camping nights at the school, community barbeques, movie screenings and bushwalks, and plans are underway for more of the same this year,” Mr Murray said.

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