Dads and Lads Breakfast
It was a pleasure to be able to welcome so many fathers, grandfathers and father figures to our Fathers’ Day Breakfast with our Hereworth boys last Wednesday. Over 280 attended including quite a number who had travelled great distances to be at this special occasion with, and for, their sons, and/or grandsons or mentees. I know of one father who managed to coincide this time with a break from work in Dubai, another who flew down the night before from Auckland (and flew back later that morning), and a grandfather who rose at 4:00am and drove all the way from Taupo to be with his son, an old boy, and grandsons.
Fathers, grandfathers and father figures play such a crucial part as role models in the lives of boys. They help our boys play more roughly, foster competition, engender independence and encourage risk-taking. All of this is particularly important for boys. They also provide boys with a broader diversity of social experiences and introduce them to a wider variety of methods of dealing with life. By stressing rules, justice, fairness, and duty in discipline, they teach boys the objectivity and consequences of right and wrong. They give them insight into the world of men, prepare them for the challenges of life, and demonstrate by example the meaning of respect between the sexes. By showing compassion and love, they show boys how to treat others, in particular women, and help them to grasp the importance of appropriate male-female relationships.
Special thanks to Marcus Peacock (HOBA President), Rick Kirkland (HPA President) and Tor Hamilton, (Hereworth Foundation) for their work leading up to and on the day of this event. Thanks also to Duncan (Old Boy) and Annabelle Smith from Waipawa Butchery for graciously supplying the meat, and to Paolo Pancotti and our kitchen staff who arrived early in the morning to arrange a beautiful breakfast that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was a most successful Hereworth Community initiative.