Young dad-of-three and former Neighbours and Home and Away actor Andrew Morley is encouraging families to celebrate dad and raise funds to support positive youth mental health at Melbourne’s newest Father’s Day tradition, the YMCA Father’s Day Fun Run.
Held on Father’s Day September 2, the all-age event starts with a 5 or 10 kilometre walk/run around Melbourne’s famous Tan running track, followed by a family event village which includes a petting zoo, bubble soccer, healthy food trucks and interactive activities.
All the family is invited – you can even bring your dog!
Morley is a proud father to three children (his youngest is 7-month-year-old Skyla) and is an ambassador for the family event that reminds us that Father’s Day is more than just about buying a new pair of socks and jocks for your old man.
“Father’s Day is a fun day to bring family and loved ones together. Spending time together, especially with young kids, is just so precious.
“This event also provides an opportunity to stop and reflect on the role dads and father-figures play in the lives of the young people close to them.”
Morley is also a passionate supporter of mental health, with all proceeds from the event going towards YMCA programs that help young people resilience and positive mental health and wellbeing.
“I want my kids to be healthy and happy. But currently 1 in 4 young people suffer from mental illness like anxiety and depression.
“How can we change this? As a dad I want to do all I can to change these stats. Coming together as a community is an important part of the solution,” he said.
The YMCA has a long history of supporting families, dads and father figures, with the not-for-profit founding the first Father’s Day in the USA in 1910.
Other ambassadors supporting the YMCA Father’s Day Fun Run include 9 news presenter Peter Hitchener, media all-rounder Sarah Duffy, General Manager of the Islamic Council of Victoria Ayman Islam, Influencer and Mernda mum Jess Hay, Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Walter Rapoport, Director of Prevention United Dr Luke Martin, Runner Natalie Moore and advocacy body Parents Voice.
You can find out more about all the ambassadors here.