And now the community has the chance to help decide who’s crowned the centre’s Father of the Year, by casting their vote for nominees before voting closes on Monday, August 1.
Bill Thompson was nominated by his partner, who describes him as “awesome”.
“In addition to working full time…Bill volunteer coaches our 9-year-old’s soccer team each week…and is also manager for our 11-year-old’s soccer team, which makes him super-busy multiple nights and days each week,” she says.
“Bill’s patience, coaching and encouragement (of the 9-year-olds) have certainly delivered the boost they needed, resulting in their first two goals of the season recently.
“The excitement and high-fives all round following this was absolutely heart-warming.”
Eddie Fraser cherishes his family, who nominated him for the Father of the Year competition.
“Not only does he do so much for our two little girls, with a baby boy due in September, despite things happening in life he always will put the children and I first,’ his nomination says.
“He gives so much to the community and to those that need support. It would be nice for him to know that he is loved and appreciated.
“He teaches our girls things that he wishes he knew growing up and teaches them they can be whoever they want, and their dreams should not be limited by gender expectations.”
James Spackman loves and protects his family with all he has and has a positive outlook on life.
“Every day he goes to work with a smile,” his nomination says. “He comes home with a bigger one.”
“He has taken on myself with mental illness, an additional needs 17-year-old stepson and we now have a daughter together,” his partner writes.
Luke Bowtell’s family describes him as “an amazing father”, who supported them when their daughter had to spend 10 weeks in hospital after mum had an emergency caesarean.
“Even after he returned to work while both of us were still in hospital, he would call in to the hospital every morning on his way to work to drop off expressed milk and talk to our little bubba,” his nomination says.
“He would then work a full day and call in to the hospital on his way home and sit by her isolette and talk to her.”
Nominees in the Morayfield Shopping Centre Father of the Year competition are in the running to win a slice of $16,000 in prizes, including a first prize of $5000.
Voting closes on August 31, with winners announced on September 4.
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