This year we welcomed three Old Boys and a current student of Liston College to give messages of inspiration at the Father & Son Breakfast.
Theme for 2019
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart. Colossians 3:23
The Liston College gymnasium came to life early on Saturday morning, with the smell of ham, eggs, spaghetti and more, enticing our students and their fathers to our annual Father and Son Breakfast. We had a record number attend the morning.
With full stomachs, our attendees had the privilege of listening to three of our Old Boys. DJ Forbes, Andrew McDaid and Carl Thomson. Samuel Coup, a Year 13 student also talked about his father.
DJ Forbes spoke on his career playing in the NZ Sevens Rugby Team and his life’s ‘go to check list’ PADS (Passion, Attitude, Discipline and Sacrifice). He shared that to succeed, you need to have passion about what you are doing, with a positive attitude. In his sporting career he needed to be aware of these along with discipline and sacrifice.
Andrew McDaid also shared that to excel in something, you need to be passionate about it. Andrew is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, specialising in Mechanical Engineering, particularly in the field of robotics. He is also working with NASA on a project.
Carl Thomson related all he shared to our 2019 theme, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart”. Carl was very real in all he shared. Having left school during Year 13 to be a jet ski mechanic, with a career goal of joining the NZ Police, life took unexpected turns, including being a dad at 19. His 16 year old son is now at Liston in Year 12 and he has two other young sons. Carl is now a successful Senior Project Manager, a role he never envisaged he would be in when he left school – all due to working hard ‘with all his heart’.
Samuel Coup shared from the heart about his relationship with his father. He finished with a heart-warming poem he wrote for his dad.
We thank all our speakers for being so willing to share with us. A big thank you to the helpers, the prefects, caterers Epic Catering and our sponsors:
New Zealand Home Loans, Best Blooms, Pak’nSave Westgate & Lincoln Road, Starbucks Westgate, The Meat Box, McIntosh Dental, Omni Products, Smith & Partners Lawyers, Jessica Pronk – The Mortgage Supply Co, Liston College PTFA, Palomino Super Value, Chikos Restaurant, Simply Homemade, Morrison’s Florists and Carey McGregor.