Fatherhood Festival on hold, for now

The Fatherhood Festival will not be held this year.

Normally held in Bangalow every September, the annual festival run by the Fatherhood Project is also looking for a new director.

Current director Colin George said the Fatherhood Project was a local charity that ran programs which enhanced relationships between fathers, mothers and children, and their vision was to build a community to care for all children through respectful relationships.

“The festival has been a major part of our work for the past five years, with tens of thousands of people attending,” he said.

“We are a small team and we run on a shoestring budget. We had to make a call about the best way to use our human resources this year, and programs and assistance to families took priority.

“It takes quite a lot of energy to run a festival and we are running so many other programs that we had to make the decision to put the festival on hold this year.”

Mr George said the festival had left its mark on the community.

“We are calling for volunteers, including a new festival director, to come forward to help organise next year’s event,” he said.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers, stall holders, individuals and local businesses who have supported and sponsored the festival for the past five years.

“I’m sure the new director will take the festival in a different and exciting direction.

“I have enjoyed my years as festival director, it’s been incredibly inspiring.”

Mr George will remain as the project director.

He said the project was also proud to be working with an indigenous men’s circle and with expectant fathers. For more information contact the Fatherhood Project on 66842309.

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