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.