“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” Hal Borland (late American Author and Journalist)
Wow… 2011 is drawing to a close, and what a year it has been for ‘Fathering Adventures’. I trust that 2011 has also been a fruitful and rewarding year for you and your family.
Perhaps the most noteworthy news of 2011 is simply the expansion of our influence in just a 12 month period. This year we facilitated nine (9) adventures in 11 months, compared to just three (3) adventures last year… a jump from affecting just twenty-nine (29) relationships and families to One hundred and ten (110) relationships and families.
Excitingly, 2011 also saw us for the first time expand into other geographic regions of Australia. Almost half of our adventures this year were facilitated outside of North Queensland e.g. South-East Queensland (Mt Tamborine and Mapleton) and Victoria. A big thank you to our partners for making that possible… Andrew Grant and QCCC (Queensland Conference & Camping Centres) in South-East Queensland, and Bill Malcolm & Village Church, and Mill Valley Ranch in Victoria. It wouldn’t have happened without you good men.
We also expanded the types of adventures we offer this year, to include Dads and their daughters. Our Father-Daughter Adventures Weekends (for daughters aged between 7 & 13 years inclusive) have proven to be a big hit in both North and South-East Queensland. We’ve even had a number of Dads and daughters express interest for us to develop a 5 Night Father-Daughter Adventure, in the spirit of our 5 night Father-Son Adventures, so perhaps in 2013, we may just see those become a reality.?
Internationally, we also saw a jump in fathers and sons joining us for our 5 Night Father-Son Adventures, and for the first time ever, we received much interest and engaged in numerous discussions with potential partners overseas… New Zealand, South Africa, U.S.A. (including Alaska), and Canada. So 2012 and 2013 may see our level of influence extend even further, as we begin to look at facilitating our various adventures internationally.
Other noteworthy items of 2011 worth special mentions include the release of our first ever promotional video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y_hM88u3ag , a jump in the number of non-biological fathers and significant male others bringing boys and girls along on our adventures e.g. step-dads and mentors, and 2011 was also the first year since launching, that we have not suffered a nett financial loss.
Personally speaking, 2011 saw a wonderful increase in support and encouragement from men whom I am honoured and privileged to call friends… with Clive Bird and Prasantha Jayawardhana leading the way. I was also surprised to be awarded and rewarded with being named the 2011 Queensland Father of the Year. That and the onset of Fathers Day, saw me undertake numerous speaking engagements and interviews in all forms of the media… television, radio, newspapers, and magazines.
To be honest, I am spent… but in a very good way… like someone who has just completed a race… collapsing in a heap over the finish line. But as the opening quote testifies, this is not an end, but a going on. I have completed but a leg of the journey that lays ahead. There is still much to be done. But for now… at the end of this leg… I celebrate, and I receive some much needed and well deserved rest and restoration… for me, and for my family.
So for now… my family and I humbly thank you for your all of your support and encouragement throughout 2011. May you and your family also find rest and restoration over this Christmas season, and rest assured, we’ll be back in the New Year, to embark upon all that 2012 will bring.