Cooking for Community

 

The Marang Dhali Men’s and Deadly Dads cooking program is now complete. Centacare’s men and family worker Otis Williams has been running a cooking program in collaboration with community health. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Centacare’s men and family worker Otis Williams has been running a cooking program in collaboration with community health.

The last week of the Marang Dhali Men’s and Deadly Dads cooking program is now complete.

“This week we showcased our skills in front of the Condobolin community at the careers expo where we cooked beef nachos and pizza, to serve as an entrée to the starving customers,” Otis explained.

“This program has been a great success and we were advised we are the first men’s group to complete the program which covers the western region.

“Community health also stated we were also the best group to work with, and today they presented the eight men with a bag of goodies which included an apron and many fancy cooking utensils along with menu’s.

“The feedback has been unbelievable from the community. Centacare will be looking to run another cooking program throughout the year.”

Otis added he wanted to extend a big thanks to the men who engaged on the program, Community Health, Amanda Coe, Shirley Ann Merritt and Zara Codemo.

 

Back to school for dads

Dads, granddads, uncles, big brothers and friends crowded into the Condobolin Public School hall on Friday to celebrate the importance of male role models in young peoples’ lives.

• Above: Dad Josh Gallagher painting Kindergarten student Silas’ hand for his personalised artwork at the Dads in School Day at Condobolin Public School last Friday. LP

By Lara Pearce

Dads, granddads, uncles, big brothers and friends crowded into the Condobolin Public School hall on Friday to celebrate the importance of male role models in young peoples’ lives.

Kindergarten students lead the Dads in School Day assembly, with class KS performing a song about how they show their dads and father figures they love them, complete with actions and enthusiastic grins.

“It is really important that we have positive male role models in our students’ lives,” Condobolin Public Principal Deborah Nay said, speaking at the assembly.

Awards were presented to many of the students, and then the visiting relatives and friends joined the Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students in their classrooms for some fun bonding activities.

Kindergarten students had fun getting messy creating some crafty artworks with their dads and visitors.

Centacare and the WPRD Training as Parents (TAP) program organised the day in conjunction with the school with funding from Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Ralph Smith from Centacare said he decided to bring the day to Condobolin after having great success in other schools.

“Since its beginning it has been a great success with well above 60% of dads in the schools – not bad considering we hold them on week days,” he said. “We have dads who travel from Dubbo to Forbes to attend.”

“Some fathers, pops and uncles express their thanks for holding these days with comments like ‘I wish they had these when I was a kid’.”

Centacare has previously run similar days in Forbes, Parkes, Peak Hill, Narromine, Bedgerabong and Bogan Gate.

TAP Coordinator Sue Henley said that the day was about getting the dads and male role models to the schools and into the classrooms to show them what they looked like, what the children did and to meet their teachers. “The children love it,” she said.

After the class activities, children and parents joined in a sausage sizzle provided by Centacare.

“[Ralph and I] were both thrilled with the response,” Ms Henley said. “It was a highly successful day. I took the names of over fifty dads, granddads and male role models and that was just from Kindergarten and Year 1.”

 

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