Dads hit­ting the bulls­eye

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By JOHN RYAN

WAYNE Sasse was con­nect­ing with his three-year-old son Bodhi as the young­ster was ne­go­ti­at­ing a rope sus­pen­sion bridge set up by lo­cal Scouts at Dubbo’s an­nual Dads for Kids Day on the week­end.

It was a ma­jor chal­lenge for such a young boy, but Bodhi took much re­as­sur­ance from the fact that his dad was walk­ing next to the bridge all the way.

Wayne says it’s crit­i­cal for dads to walk along and en­cour­age their kids to push them­selves out­side their com­fort zone dur­ing their lives.

“It’s very im­por­tant, you’ve got to show your kids things and let them learn for them­selves, be­cause they’re go­ing to make mis­takes along the way, and it’s not nec­es­sar­ily about point­ing out what they’re do­ing wrong, but just en­cour­ag­ing them to learn from what they’ve just done,” Mr Sasse told Dubbo Photo News.

“Days like this are very im­por­tant, you only have to look around and see the amount of not just dads and kids but fam­i­lies as well, I think it’s great to see.”

Mr Sasse be­lieves it needs to be recog­nised and put out there that dads play a cru­cial role in fam­i­lies and in bring­ing up their kids.

“Ab­so­lutely, ab­so­lutely, it’s get­ting more recog­ni­tion I think nowa­days be­cause dads are get­ting more in­volved in what the kids are do­ing and the whole fam­ily as­pect as well,” he said.

Mean­time, Scott Cafe was happy to play the big kid as he com­peted against his seven chil­dren at the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice’s (RFDS) archery range, tak­ing down the float­ing balls with an ar­row with­out any trou­ble – un­til the RFDS drug and al­co­hol team put the blurry beer goggles over his eyes.

“It’s very blurry, puts you off a fair bit, it should make peo­ple re­alise that it’s dan­ger­ous to drink and drive,” Mr Cafe said.

“This is a fan­tas­tic day, we come every year, I’ve got seven kids and I bring them all down to run amok for the day.

“It’s im­por­tant to high­light that fa­thers are an in­te­gral part of fam­ily life and bring­ing up the kids, it def­i­nitely is,” he said. Scott Cafe tries out the RFDS beer goggles at the archery range. Below: Wayne Sasse with son Bodhi, 3 FROM to­day, Septem­ber 26, when pass­ing sta­tion­ary emer­gency ve­hi­cles with flash­ing blue or red lights, mo­torists will no longer need to slow down to 40km/h on roads with speed lim­its of 90km/h or over. In­stead, mo­torists will be re­quired to “slow down safely to a speed that is rea­son­able for the cir­cum­stances”, the RMS said.

Mo­torists are still re­quired to slow down to 40km/h on roads with speed lim­its of 80km/h or un­der.

The rule will be ex­panded to in­clude tow trucks and break­down as­sis­tance ve­hi­cles which are dis­play­ing yel­low flash­ing lights while stopped on the road.

The rule is also be­ing called ‘Sarah’s Rule’ in mem­ory of Sarah Frazer and the on­go­ing work of the Safer Aus­tralian Roads and High­ways (SARAH) Group to im­prove safety con­di­tions for road­side work­ers, as well as other road users. DUBBO res­i­dents con­cerned about obe­sity can get sup­port from Marathon Health di­eti­tians Ellen Payne and Anna Win­ter who pro­vide a range of ser­vices as­so­ci­ated with chronic dis-ease man­age­ment and preven­tion, child­hood nu­tri­tion, weight gain/loss and nu­tri­tion in the el­derly.

Ms Payne works with peo­ple who have a chronic dis­ease, type 2 di­a­betes, car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lems, high choles­terol, bowel prob­lems, can­cer and au­toim­mune dis­eases.

Anna works in the In­dige­nous Chronic Dis­ease (ICD) Clinic based in Marathon Health’s Bathurst of­fice.

Marathon Health’s di­eti­tians and di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tors have sup­ported over 2500 clients across more than 24 re­gional com­mu­ni­ties (20182019 FY).

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