FATHER OF THE YEAR: Robbie Radel with wife Michelle and children Charlotte, Sophia, Madaleine, Hannah, Heath and Cameron at the state judging.
FATHER OF THE YEAR: Robbie Radel with wife Michelle and children Charlotte, Sophia, Madaleine, Hannah, Heath and Cameron at the state judging. Contributed

Father of the Year says he's more like the ‘luckiest dad’

WIDE BAY Sunshine Coast Father of the Year winner Robbie Radel believes he is the luckiest dad in Queensland.

The Biggenden dairy farmer said it was an honour to stand up on the stage with the five other Queensland finalists at last Wednesday's awards ceremony.

"It didn't surprise me if I didn't win when you hear and read about the other wonderful dads out there," he said.

"But win, lose or draw I'm the luckiest of them all because I get to go home with my beautiful family."

Mr Radel said the other five finalists were all deserving of winning.

"I was quite inspired by Andrew Holden's story," he said

"We had a lot in common as we've been through drought and are both involved in Aussie Helpers.

"Andrew, who is wheelchair-bound, and his family are going through the toughest drought in history.

"From the Ekka auction we raised more than $6000 for those farmers in dire needs out west."

The father of six said it was good to get to the big smoke and show the children different things.

"A lovely treat for Father's Day was 14 month-old Charlotte deciding to take her first steps," he said.


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