FOR Wangaratta man Kevin Kurrle, being named Victorian Father of the Year is an opportunity to raise awareness of an issue close to his heart.
The 71 year old father of Melinda (41) and Sharon (39) and husband of Jennie was announced on Monday as the recipient of this year’s award.
Kevin said he could not believe he had joined a list that included past winners like former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Essendon footballer Tim Watson.
“They sent me an email to say I had made the last nine, and I said, ‘Don’t worry, I can’t win it’; I thought there’d be too many others ahead of me,” he said.
But he said he was “on a high” after attending Monday’s award ceremony in Melbourne, and hoped the recognition could help shine a light on mental health issues.
Kevin was nominated for the award by Melinda, who credits him with being a rock during her battle with a depressive disorder.
“I don’t know how many times he has sat beside me with tears pouring down my face, having lost all belief in myself, and he has said, ‘Well, what can I do? I can do something, I will help you, I will do anything’,” she said.