Father's Day Breakfast 2017

5 September, 2017
On Thursday morning last week, Trinity College celebrated our amazing fathers and father figures with a Father’s Day Breakfast.
The morning begun with a delicious spread of bacon and egg rolls, fruit, muffins and yoghurt for the hungry dads, followed by a tour of the Trade Training Centre by our enthusiatic Manual Arts Coordinator, Charlie Moala. Afterwards, our fathers and students were lucky enough to hear from special guest speaker, Mark Fife (President of Surf Life Saving Queensland and Order of Australia Medal recipient) who imparted his knowledge as a leader, a volunteer and as a father.
Mark gave us a little history of his journey and how he got involved in surf lifesaving and subsequently leadership roles after being inspired to make a difference in lifesaving.
Mark discussed how surf lifesaving, for him, was a valuable way to give back to the community, something that really hit home after a reunion with a man whose life he had saved ten years prior who had since married and had children. From this experience he came to the realisation that “You’re not just going down to the beach…you’re going there to serve the community and to preserve life”.
He continued, “Australians are born volunteers…we’ve got a great heritage going back to the wars, where we fought for our country and our fellow Australian. We shouldn’t lose this tradition of volunteering because being a volunteer is giving back to the community and to help people is the greatest thing in life. This goes across all types of volunteering from surf lifesaving to the Red Cross".
He encouraged our fathers and students to lead by example, “go find your niche” and volunteer in any way you can. He said, “Every day that I give, I feel blessed and I hope young people endeavour to do the same and continue our heritage of volunteering.”  
As a family man, Mark couldn’t help but praise his family, their successes and support “With the support of my family, I’ve been able to keep going as a volunteer and leader.” Mark’s wife Marcia, their children and now his two grandchildren are all involved in Surf Life Saving community, continuing the strong tradition of volunteering. As both a father, grandfather and someone who works with children, Mark said, “To give back to kids is the greatest gift you can ever have”.
The Father’s Day Breakfast was a wonderful way to celebrate the men in our lives and the support they give us. Thank you to those who attended and we hope all our Trinity fathers, grandfathers and father figures had a wonderful day on Sunday!
A big thanks to all who made the event happen, particularly Mark and Marcia Fife, the P & F for barbequing, and the student leaders who dished out breakfast for the hungry dads.
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