Big night out for Dad

Net­work­ing for a cause

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Dads – are you tired of watch­ing your wives re­turn home from mums’ so­cial events, laden with goodie bags and with a dozen new num­bers in their phones?

A pair of Tawa dads de­cided it was time to get in on the ac­tion, and have or­gan­ised a ‘‘Dads’ Big Night Out’’ in Welling­ton this Fri­day.

Rory Pur­cell-He­witt and Colin El­lis, both dads of two, say all too of­ten fathers lack a good so­cial net­work.

‘‘All this stuff seems to ex­ist for the mums. They seem to be re­ally, re­ally good at it, but dads never seem to do it,’’ Mr El­lis says.

‘‘We wanted to cre­ate a bit of a net­work but also just get dads out and about.’’

The Dads’ Big Night Out will fea­ture beer tast­ings, cof­fee ed­u­ca­tion and plenty of spot prizes, in­clud­ing a Voda­fone cell­phone, a Phoenix football fam­ily pass, and pizza and bar vouch­ers.

All pro­ceeds from the $15 tick­ets will go to chil­dren’s char­ity Kids Can, and spon­sors were more than happy to help out, Mr El­lis says.

‘‘They said ‘ what a great idea, no­body’s ever done any­thing like this be­fore’.’’

The char­ity as­pect to the event was in­spired by a call for do­na­tions to­wards chil­dren’s lunches on TV’s Camp­bell Live, Mr El­lis says.

‘‘ We thought, let’s get dads to­gether but let’s get a cause in on it.

‘‘Let’s not just get a load of beers, let’s do some­thing worth­while.’’

At the mo­ment the Dads’ Big Night Out is planned as a one-off, but at­ten­dees can keep in touch through an­other of the pair’s ini­tia­tives, a ‘‘ Welly Dads’’ Face­book group, Mr Pur­cel­lHe­witt says.

Birthday par­ties are not most men’s nat­u­ral habi­tat, whereas men can re­lax with a pint in front of them, he says.

‘‘ It’s a night of things that ap­peal to dads: cof­fee and beer.’’

Dad power: Tawa fathers Colin El­lis and Rory Pur­cell-He­witt are invit­ing Welling­ton dads to get to­gether this Fri­day night to so­cialise, net­work and raise money for char­ity.

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