Dads unite to strengthen relationships with their children

Looking forward to tomorrow’s Father’s Day event is (front, from left) David Janetzki MP, Marius Kruger, Carlos Gomez, Will Curtis and kids (back, from left) Chloe Curtis, Isaac Curtis, Tim Gomez, Eliana Gomez, Mia Curtis, and Emily Curtis.

Toowoomba Dads and father-figures are invited to a free Father’s Day barbecue and games afternoon tomorrow. Saturday

Toowoomba City Church Senior Pastor Will Curtis is part of a group of community leaders who want to highlight the importance of fathers and father-figures in the Toowoomba region.

The group is hosting the free Father’s Day event at Newtown Park from 2pm to 4pm tomorrow.

“There will be a free sausage sizzle, free softdrinks, ball games and paper plane making,” Mr Curtis said.

“Simple is best – that’s the way men like it. It will be a great avenue for Dads to have fun with their kids and meet other Dads,” he said.

Mr Curtis is a father of five children, aged eight to 15. He said the little things such as Dads spending time with their children had great significance beyond the present.

“For boys, we learn from watching and being shown – to see a role model showing us what it means to have healthy relationships, and how to deal with conflict or anger,” Mr Curtis said.

“My Dad was an amazing man who loved his kids. He gave us a stable and secure home and taught us what is looks like to treat others with love and respect,” he said.

Member for Toowoomba South David Janetzki MP said fathers played a life-changing role in their children’s lives.

“Any event that encourages fathers and caregivers to invest more deeply in the relationships with their children can only lead to a better community,” Mr Janetzki said.

Highfields Community Church Pastor Marius Kruger is heading the group which aims to hold bigger events in future.

“This event is for Toowoomba men, it’s not faith specific,” Mr Kruger said.

“We saw a need in the community to do something more to connect Dads with their kids and give them some tools. I have three boys aged 12, 15 and 16 so I know the challenges of raising boys in today’s culture,” he said.

“I think the most important thing is time, kids spell love ‘t-i-m-e’.”

Mr Kruger said he was shocked by the number of teenagers committing suicide in our community and felt the need to implement some practical action.

“Our children need us,” Mr Kruger said.

“We want to be the mediator for conversation. Find out what other practical things can we do as Dads to build a relationship with our kids from a young age, before they become teenagers,” he said.

“We want to build this group from the ground up and have a place to chat while the kids are playing,” he said.