Sole dad a Community Hero
30-Oct-2013 2:29 PM
A Mill Park dad who founded a groundbreaking father support group has been named the October winner of a 3AW and Villa Maria Community Hero award.
Each month since February, an inspiring individual who has overcome the odds to achieve their dreams, or who makes a positive difference to their community, has been chosen to receive a Community Hero award. The initiative – run by Villa Maria and top-rating radio station 3AW – aims to ensure unsung heroes receive the recognition they deserve.
Tyrell Moore knows first-hand the struggles faced by single dads. Five years ago he took on the sole care of his then two-year-old daughter, Mariah. With limited parenting experience and without a home, he was in desperate need of support. However when searches for services that catered for single dads in Melbourne became fruitless, Tyrell began his own.
Not-for-profit group Sole Fathers United began in 2010 with advice from Whittlesea City Council and Plenty Valley Community Health. Since that time, Sole Fathers has grown from strength to strength and now supports around 25 families across Melbourne’s northern region, offering professional advice on issues such as accessing government support, child psychology, family law and first aid, as well as social gatherings, cooking classes and fundraisers.
Tyrell says what sets Sole Fathers apart from other services for dads is that they incorporate the children in most of their activities.
“We really try to strengthen the bond between father and child by getting together for barbeques and play dates, etc. It’s also great for the kids to connect with others who are in a similar situation.”
Tyrell’s passion for supporting fathers and their children has touched many, including Kerry McVeigh who nominated him for the Community Hero award. Kerry did a study on Sole Fathers while completing a Community Services course a year ago.
“This program has vision for the future and provides a positive and practical environment for single dads,” Kerry said. “Tyrell works endlessly for its success and the impact that it is having for dads who find themselves in this situation is enormous.”
Tyrell said he was “shocked” to receive the award. “It’s been a very humbling and overwhelming experience,” he said.
Villa Maria Executive Manager Marketing Rebecca Ryan said Tyrell was a fantastic example of the type of community-minded and inspiring people the organisation and 3AW wanted to acknowledge.
In recognition of his achievements, Tyrell has been given $1,000 thanks to E&S Trading, and Kerry has received an exclusive $250 E&S Trading gift as thanks for her nomination.
Nominating is easy. To find out how visit: www.3aw.com.au/comp-communityheroes
If you would like to support Tyrell’s organisation, or for more information, please visit www.solefathersunited.org.au
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About Villa Maria
Villa Maria is a values–based, not-for-profit organisation providing quality services and life enhancing opportunities for older people and children and adults with a disability, their families and carers.
Established in 1907 as the Catholic Braille Writers Association, Villa Maria has grown to become one of Victoria’s largest not-for-profit providers of disability, education and senior services with more than 60 programs supporting 5,000 people across the state and southern New South Wales.
Every day of the year, 1,200 staff and 300+ volunteers respond to the unique needs of the people and families we support with openness, innovation, creativity and flexibility.