Documentary shows the impact of an absent father on kids

Victoria Murray and the Mining Women's Support Group have found a new meeting place at the Stockland MacDonalds. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Victoria Murray and the Mining Women's Support Group have found a new meeting place at the Stockland MacDonalds. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

LIVING without a father is like living with a "wound in your heart".

This is what Central Queensland Mining Women's Support Group founder Victoria Murray realised after watching the documentary Absent.

Victoria organised for the film to be screened in Yeppoon after hearing about it through another organisation.

"It's really impacting," she said. "From a mining family perspective the dad is often away a lot so you have to be deliberate about the amount of time the father spends with the child."

A mining wife herself, Victoria said the documentary was very emotional and challenging.

"It opened my eyes," she said.

"You don't know what others have been through."

The film will be screened at Coal Train at Queen St in Yeppoon at 6.30 tonight.

Victoria said free babysitting would be available, as well as complimentary coffee and cake.

While the event is free, Victoria said they would accept donations to the Dads 4 Kids foundation.

Topics:  children, documentary, fathers, mining



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