Sunrise sports reporter Mark Beretta has been named Australian father of the year.
The news was announced on Wednesday during the Channel Seven breakfast show, where Mark said the price was & # 39; unexpected & # 39; used to be.
Mark, 53, shares two children, daughter Ava, 15, and son Daniel, 12, with his wife Rachel, whom he first met on a blind date in 1999.
Congratulations! Sunrise sports reporter Mark Beretta (right) has been named Australian father of the year. Pictured with (from left to right) Natalie Barr, Sam Armytage and David Koch
The prize was commissioned by The Shepherd Center, a registered charity that helps deaf and hard of hearing children.
Although the title & # 39; Father of the year & # 39; reflecting Mark's dedication to his own children, it also recognizes his charitable efforts.
He works together with various charities, including Tour de Cure, and the majority of its fundraising is not generally known.
Emotional: Sunrise has broadcast a video package dedicated to Mark, including glowing testimonials from his wife, daughter Ava (photo) and Sunrise colleagues & # 39; s
Sunrise has dedicated a video package to Mark, including glowing testimonials from his wife, daughter, and Sunrise colleagues.
Sam Armytage said in the tribute: & # 39; He is a good guy, I am proud to call him a partner. & # 39;
Back in the Sunrise studio, Mark was overwhelmed by the praise and said: & So many great things!
Honor: the prize has been commissioned by The Shepherd Center, a charity that helps deaf and hard of hearing children. Although the title & # 39; Father of the year & # 39; reflecting Mark's dedication to his own children, it also recognizes his charitable efforts. Depicted with his wife and children
& # 39; I have to take my hat off for my dad (Dave Beretta). Your father is your role model in fatherhood and my father has done great.
& # 39; He's an incredibly generous, hard-working man and I just enjoyed seeing him there. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Sam admitted that she & # 39; a bit in tears & # 39; was watching the tribute to her friend and colleague.
Humbled: Back in the Sunrise studio, Mark (right) was clearly impressed by the praise and said: & # 39; So many great things! & # 39;
In a statement Mark said: & # 39; This is a huge and unexpected honor! Being a father is a huge privilege and I am very grateful for a woman and children who teach me so much.
& # 39; Becoming a dad is a special experience and it changes your life in a very satisfying way – all my favorite memories relate to my family.
& # 39; So many fathers are doing great with their families and I am regularly inspired by the role they play in raising brilliant Australian children.
& # 39; I take my hat off for dads all over Australia for everything they do; they deserve a pat on the back. & # 39;
In good company: Mark joins an alumni of prominent Fathers of the Year, including Sunrise co-host David Koch (right), entrepreneur Dick Smith and former NSW Premier Mike Baird
Mark joins an alumni of leading fathers of the year, including his Sunrise colleague David Koch, entrepreneur Dick Smith and former NSW Prime Minister Mike Baird.
David, who was the Australian father of the year in 2007, said: & It is a huge honor to be elected father of the year. I couldn't think of a better father to represent all of us fathers than Beretts.
& # 39; Nobody's perfect, but he's way ahead of most of us. His two beautiful children, Ava and Dan, are a wonderful proof of the parenting and love of Mark and Rachel.
& # 39; Every time Mark talks about his children, his eyes light up. He is so interested in and spends so much time supporting the lives of Ava and Dan that he is a role model for all fathers. & # 39;
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