Barefooted father joins online campaign
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt has joined a campaign to go to work barefoot to mark Father's Day and help children in developing countries.
Barefooted fathers will join an online campaign, The ChildFund NZ Crusade for Father's Day, which encourages Kiwis to gift a pair of essential shoes and socks to a child in need.
Mr Shadbolt's partner, Asha Dutt, gave birth to baby Declan 11 weeks ago.
Mr Shadbolt said yesterday the campaign aimed to raise awareness and the important role fathers played in bringing up their children.
"It used to be the role of the father was just to be the breadwinner, but now I think it means being involved in the whole deal.
"I think it's good to raise that kind of awareness."
Mr Shadbolt will head to work barefoot next Monday.
Mr Shadbolt said: “Except for the poos, wees and projectile vomits, being a dad at 65 is probably the biggest wake-up call you can get when you're an old-age pensioner!”
He was reluctant to release a photo of baby Declan, saying it was his partner's decision.
Other celebrated fathers in the campaign include comedians Paul Ego and Jeremy Corbett.
ChildFund New Zealand chief executive Paul Brown said shoes and socks were luxury items for several children in developing countries.
"In Africa it is common for children to walk an average of four hours each day to and from school in blistering heat or freezing cold with no protection on their feet from nasties."
ChildFund New Zealand was asking fathers to add a photo of their bare feet and full names online. They could also post a soul-baring moment to their children where words of fatherly advice had not gone quite the way they had hoped.
Bare feet photos and stories will be shared online in the lead-up to Father's Day on the ChildFund New Zealand Facebook page.
Father's Day is on Sunday.
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