GDG in-country project manager awarded ‘Australian Community Father of the Year’

At a ceremony attended by Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), in-country project manager for Global Development Group project J825N ‘Samaritan Development Project, Bangladesh’, David Halder, was presented with the “Australian Community Father of the Year 2016” award, recently in Sydney.

Each year the Australian Father’s Day Council and The Shepherd Centre select a distinguished father who has demonstrated support, guidance and love to his children or other children through his working role or family life to take out the prestigious award. It celebrates the vital role that fathers play within families and in the wider community.

David Halder is father to two adult sons, Nathan, 35, and Mark, 33, and has also been a father-figure to thousands of children throughout his 26 years of helping children in Bangladesh.

Shepherd Centre chief executive Jim Hungerford said Mr Halder was a wonderful role model.

“He’s a fantastic parent to his two children, but also he’s done brilliant community service work as well,” he said. “He’s very self-sacrificing. He’s put in a huge amount of time and effort to make a huge difference to the lives of children in Bangladesh.”

David Halder of Sydney’s Seven Hills established his own charity, ‘HELP (Health, Education, Leadership, Program) Bangladesh’, with his wife in 1990 to provide children in Bangladesh with food, accommodation, education and medical care. ‘HELP Bangladesh’ is in-country partner for project J825N.

“It makes me so proud to see little children grown up into adulthood and getting jobs and having children of their own…mostly I am very happy that kids who didn’t have hope are standing on their own feet, that’s really rewarding,” he says.

“It’s a very hi-tech era now with everybody on their computer, spending less time with their children. Little ones need more attention and encouragement. It is so important for fathers to love their children—and continue loving them as they grow up,” David said.

Past winners of the award include basketballer, Andrew Gaze, Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, Aussie Home Loans founder, John Symond and Air Chief Marshal (retired) Angus Houston.

If you would like to donate to project J825N ‘Samaritan Development Project, Bangladesh’:

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Photos and some info courtesy of ‘Blacktown Advocate’