Father’s Day – we say ‘thanks Dad’

FOUR more sleeps until Father’s Day, traditionally held the first Sunday of September. It’s a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers and father figures including stepfathers, fathers-in-law, guardians and family friends. The UCVT team decided to ask a couple of the team’s proud dads what they like most about being a parent.

UnitingCare Geelong Chief Executive Officer Des Younghusband is a father of two, Alesha, 31 and Nathan, 28. He will forego any celebrations this Sunday, preferring to celebrate it next Saturday when the family is in one place at a time.

Younghusband Family Photo

“We’ve had to be a little bit innovative this year,” Des said. “We have family members working and friends leaving on an overseas trip so we will have a get together next Saturday when everyone will be available to spend time together.”

Des says his children are precious gifts and give another dimension to his life.

UnitingCare ReGen Chief Executive Officer Laurence Alvis is a father of four Emily, 29, Tim, 27, Matthew, 21 and Hannah, 15. On Father’s Day, Laurence and his family will enjoy lunch together followed by a trip to the MCG to watch their beloved Pies play arch rivals Essendon.

Laurance admits, with three children still living at home, there is never a dull moment.

“My partner and I figured that when Hannah turns 18, we would have been parenting under-18-year-olds for 32 years.,” Laurence said.

“Even with a busy working life, it’s important to spend quality time with your children, listening to them and doing what they want to do.”


According to Laurence, the best thing about being a father is watching his children grow.

“All the memories from when they were young to now, driving them all over the country for basketball and football,” Laurence said. “The way they have all grown up and my pride in being their dad.”


The UCVT team would like to wish all dad’s a very Happy Father’s Day.

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