Dads hitting the bullseye
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).
PHOTOS: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS