When a brother takes on dad's role
By BIANCA CLARE
FORGET the coffee mug with 'World's Greatest Dad' printed on the surface. What young dad Kurt, 25, wants tomorrow on Father's Day is the legal guardianship of his brother, Mark, 13. Their mother, Carole, aged only 50, died from a sudden heart attack a little more than a month ago on July 25. The happy-go-lucky single mum with a heart of gold, 'who loved to play bingo and go dancing', left behind a legacy of love but not much money.
Mark's father is unable to provide a suitable home life. So with Mark facing an uncertain future in foster care, Kurt resolved to do whatever he could to help him through life ? financially and emotionally. It was a decision not taken lightly, as Kurt was already raising a 17-month-old son with his fiance, but the love for his brother was stronger than any other concern. "I know being 'a dad' for Mark will be tough, with bills, education costs and having the responsibility of another mouth to feed but I don't want it to be any other way," he said. "This (being guardian) is what mum would have wanted, too. "Mark has been through so much, he was the one who found mum after she had the heart attack, what he needs and wants right now is family around who love him." After hearing about Kurt and Mark's fighting spirit while on the Charles Woolley radio show, Rose Tattoo vocalist Angry Anderson decided to use his public profile to help the brothers. The Australian music veteran and father of four, contacted the Pub With No Beer and put the wheels in motion for a special fundraising raffle to take place. Local law firm Fishburn, Watson and O'Brien are currently working on a trust deed for the proceeds of the raffle. Keep reading the Advocate for more details on the raffle and on how you can help brothers, Mark and Kurt.