“Today, we celebrate fatherhood and pay special tribute to all the men who act as role models, caregivers and mentors.
“I know from personal experience that fatherhood bestows enormous joys as well as deep responsibility and commitment. Fathers and father figures alike play a fundamental role in the family instilling in their children a sense of respect, determination and work ethic while at the same time nurturing and protecting their young.
“On this occasion, Laureen and I encourage you to honour fathers – past and present. We wish all fathers and families a very special day.”