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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 10 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 11, 2008 9 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Family lives dream TRADUZIONE: Questo articolo è tradotto in italiano al sito: www.innerwestweekly.com.au www.innerwestweekly.com.au TRANSLATION: This story is translated in Italian and Chinese at www.inner westweekly.com.au Community Father of the Year Andrew Starcevich with daughters Felicity, 7, and Jenna, 8. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP188619 WHEN his wife decided to go to university full-time, Concord's Andrew Starcevich had no hesi- tation in staying home to look after his two children. He now lists his profession as ''father'' for Jenna, 8, and Felicity, 7, while indulging in his other passion as a trainee helicopter pilot. His wife Vicki said he was ''well known for being a great dad, always being there, not just for special events, and being a fantas- tic cook!''. Andrew Starcevich was named the Inner-West Weekly's Com- munity Father of the Year at a special Father's Day luncheon at State Parliament House last Friday. Mrs Starcevich said the couple was ''blessed with children much earlier than we expected while we were backpacking through Europe on our honeymoon''. ''Instead of coming back to Aust- ralia Andrew secured a well- paying medical sales job in England that allowed him to be a hands-on dad. Being a qualified paediatric nurse has made such a difference.'' While still employed by the company nearly 10 years later, Mr Starcevich and his family re- turned to Australia in 2001. He recently took up the offer of a redundancy to be a stay-at-home dad as his wife's studies took up more and more of her time. ''Now when I am out on practi- cal studies (full-time unpaid work) Andrew is there making lunches, picking kids up from school, ar- ranging plays, doing homework and preparing 'the best dinners','' Mrs Starcevich said. ''Andrew has always believed and encouraged us all to live our dreams. ''By taking his redundancy he is also leading by example. ''While the children are at school Andrew is doing helicopter flying lessons to fulfil his dream of being a helicopter pilot. ''He is always there for his family and he is teaching us to live every day and that we can make our dreams come true!'' Swans AFL stalwart is 2008 top dad HE kicked numerous goals for the Sydney Swans and led the team to win the AFL premiership in 2005, but it was his commitment to his children that earned Paul Roos (pictured) applause last week. The Sydney Swans coach was crowned Australian Father of the Year at an awards cer- emony at Par- liament House on Friday. He was honoured for his commit- ment to his children -- Dylan, 14, and Tyler, 12 -- the importance he places on family life and the role he plays in mentoring young, aspiring and professional sports people. ''I want to see my children grow up to enjoy some fundamental privileges: to communicate, be understood, and to be able to make friends easily,'' Roos said. ''Unfortunately, not all Aust- ralian children have these opportunities.'' The awards were organised by The Shepherd Centre, a non-profit organisation assisting deaf and hearing-impaired babies and chil- dren. ''I am honoured to accept this award and, in doing so, helping deaf children lead the happy and fulfilled lives that we as parents hope for our children,'' Roos said. BOLLYWOOD NIGHTS 20609
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