Jason Stack, a single dad raising his three daughters — Adele, 14, Kyralee, 16, and Courtney, 19 — has been awarded this year’s Victorian Father of the Year Award in Australia, 2017. In 2013, three days before Mothers Day ,the three daughters had their present wrapped and ready to go.
It was a framed photo of the girls at Torquay Beach with a big love heart and the words ‘We Love You Mum’ scratched in the sand. Three days before they could give her the present, their mother, Kim, tried to take her life while they were at school.
It was a surprise and shock for everyone — no one saw it coming. Kim spent the next three months in hospital, three years in full-time care at a nursing home, and sadly, died last year.
Jason Stack has an electrical business and after tragedy struck, as much as he felt like hiding and giving up, he fought the urge so that his daughters could still live a happy childhood.
It’s been a challenge as a single dad with three daughters, and he is up at 5 am making sure they have everything they need before school. He does the ironing, chores, cooking, and cleaning.
He also became the president of the girl’s local netball team in Geelong. When it comes to buying underwear for the girls, the father took them to Myers lingerie department and said:
“Buy enough until you’re 20 because I ain’t coming back.”
Jason was nominated for the award by his youngest daughter, Adele. Whenever Adele misses her mother, she puts on her mother’s favorite movie, The Never Ending Story.
On accepting the award, Jason very humbly said:
“Losing their mum is not what defines us.
“They had every excuse to go off the rails or to be sad about the world. It should be them accepting this award because they are my heroes. It should be about them, not me.”
Jason wants to use his title to advocate for mental health and to help those affected by suicide.