Father takes home regional win in Father of the Year awards
BIGGENDEN must have some amazing fathers as for the second year has bagged the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Regional winner in the Father of the Year awards.
Dairy farmer and father to six, Robbie Radel was presented with his award at the Biggenden State School's assembly by Scripture Union's Adam Hardie.
Mr Radel said it was a great honour and a surprise.
"Actually I laughed a bit when I was told I had been nominated," he said.
"I don't believe I am anything special."
He said he was a proud father.
"Without my wife Michelle I wouldn't be what I am today," he said.
"She is the best thing in my life and the driving force behind me."
To other parents, Mr Radel said no matter how bad or tough your day has been take the time to tell your children you love them.
"The last thing my children hear before they close their eyes is "Goodnight, I love you!"
"Children also deserve respect.
"They need our help and guidance to become good citizens."
Thanking Scripture Union for recognising fathers and the hard work they do in the community Mr Radel said he was truly honoured and humbled with the award.
Mr Radel was nominated by last year's winner and friend Darren Geissler.
In his nomination, Mr Geissler said Robbie rarely seen without his wife, Michelle, and children by his side is a respected community member.
"He is always willing to lend a helping hand," he said.
"In addition to managing his dairy business and spending quality time with his children, he always makes time to help at community events, cooking a steak on the barbecue, serving behind the bar or selling raffle tickets.
Mr Radel has maintained the family farm despite declines in milk prices, long droughts and three floods which resulted in heavy damage to his property.
In the worst of these three floods, the milking machine was destroyed by one-and-a-half metres of water that swept through his milking shed, covering everything with mud.
However, in the face of such hardship, his commitment to his family and community has never faltered.