Lending an ear to dads during COVID-19


We’re all encountering stressful situations right now, including our strong and fearless fathers! National charity, The Fathering Project has launched, 2Calls2Dads, which invites blokes to call two other dads each week, and ask them how they are going during COVID-19.

The purpose of the call is for dads to check in with their mates, talk about how they are going, and to share tips and strategies on how best to manage the challenges facing their families at this difficult time.

“… you simply have to commit to calling two dads each week for 12 weeks,” says Brisbane dad, Ken Houliston, from the Fathering Project.

Olympic Gold Medalist Duncan Armstrong launched the initiative with his first call going to Queensland NRL legend, Petero Civoniceva.

“What is really good about this program is that the website and support videos help you with a structure for the call, a framework to call 2 mates who are dads, see what they’re doing and lend support – if they need it.

“It’s an opportunity to make sure they’re coping with their kids at home, their partners and everything that goes into being a great dad.”

Mr Civoniceva mentioned that he personally has mates who have lost their jobs, and are experiencing a rough time. He said, “I think this is an amazing tool for blokes to jump on board and make connections and check in with their mates. I have a long list of people I need to call. This is fantastic way to get through this challenging time, but more importantly, to be the best dad you can possibly be for the family.”

Wondering how to get started? Head to 2calls2dads.org and follow the registration details.