Every­body but Dad­has been in touch


A woman des­per­ately seek­ing her mys­tery fa­ther has been in­un­dated with mes­sages of sup­port – but is still wait­ing for the news she re­ally wants.

Analise Forster spoke about her two-year search for her fa­ther, a man named Sefo who lived in Can­nons Creek, Porirua, in 1995.

‘‘It’s re­ally nice that peo­ple I don’t even know have taken the time to read and share my story, that re­ally touches my heart,’’ she said on Wednesday.

‘‘I hardly got any sleep be­cause my phone was blow­ing up with so many mes­sages and no­ti­fi­ca­tions ... I’m still hop­ing I get the mes­sage I want.’’

Her story has been widely shared on so­cial me­dia, and has brought an un­wel­come spot­light to a man named Sefo in Levin.

The man said that, de­spite shar­ing a first name and home­town with Forster’s fa­ther, he was def­i­nitely not her dad.

‘‘I was only 15 years old in 1995 and go­ing to Viard Col­lege in Porirua ... I wasn’t even dat­ing then.’’

He said he’d been bom­barded with mes­sages and ques­tions from peo­ple want­ing to know if he was the man Forster was look­ing for.

Forster said the last thing she wanted was for her search to cre­ate trou­ble for any­body.

‘‘The name Sefo is so com­mon, there’s a lot of Samoans around named Sefo ... I ab­so­lutely hate the thought that it might hurt some­body and make things hard for any other kids.’’

She said she had re­ceived only one neg­a­tive com­ment on her story and was so grate­ful for peo­ple of­fer­ing sup­port.

‘‘Peo­ple like the story be­cause it’s about some­one us­ing so­cial me­dia for good things

‘‘I’ve had lots of peo­ple mes­sag­ing and I can’t re­ply to every­one, but I want them to know I’m not un­grate­ful.’’

She said it had been hard hav­ing so much at­ten­tion, but she hoped it would re­sult in her fa­ther, or some­one who knew him, com­ing for­ward.

‘‘Do­ing the video for Stuff was the hard­est thing I’ve ever done, but I knew it would help my chances of find­ing my dad.

‘‘I was so ner­vous that I got the hic­cups be­cause I was try­ing not to vomit.’’

Any­one that has in­for­ma­tion for Forster can get in touch with her through her Face­book page.

Analise Forster holds the Bob Mar­ley jersey that be­longed to her fa­ther.

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