BEING a dad is fun, trying and a little crazy – and it’s also extremely rewarding, according to Ballarat father Matthew Kaess.
Yesterday, he joined a group of Ballarat dads being presented with certificates for YMCA Community Father of the Year.
The Ballarat YMCA asked children using its kindergarten and after-school services to nominate their dad for Community Father of the Year, with hundreds of nominations received.
For his entry, DJ Kaess, 6, drew a picture of his dad under the words ‘I love you’.
YMCA chief executive officer Mal Healey said the aim of the activity was not to find the ‘best’ dad, but rather a chance to celebrate great fatherhood and the difference dads made every day.
According to a study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, Aussie dads are spending, on average, less than 30 minutes with their children one-on-one each day, including weekends.
Mr Healey said Father’s Day was founded by the YMCA in 1910 and the organisation was committed to promoting the importance of fathers as role models to their kids.
He called on families to dedicate tomorrow to spending quality time bonding together.
“As an organisation, we’d be encouraging fathers to look at how much time they spend with their kids,” he said.