Here is a letter to those trying to force out a MRA who headed the Bothering Campaign in New Zealand (which went to the doors of the worst lawyers and judges for giving fathers little to no access to their kids):
Kareen Mackery, Crockers Body Corporate Corporate.kareen
Rachel Redhead, Lochores. Fax : 09 418 5194
Darren George and Sandra King, Owners Unit B. darrensandra
Dear Kareen, Rachel, Darren and Sandra,
I am concerned with the treatment that is being thrust upon Jim Bailey. I understand the rules of a body corporate as I worked in strata management some years ago and understand the politics that can be involved in high density housing. As Jim has already offered to leave there is no need to try and defend his case which may be difficult considering his signage on the van and the foodbank.However, I will take time to describe to you what you are evicting.
Jim Bailey is no ordinary man. Many men who go through separation and have to fight for their children because they love them, become so lost in the system, that they suicide. Many other men become unemployable as their depression is so great they can’t manage to get out of bed each day. Others remarry and because of the demands and pressures of the new family, ignore their original family. In many of these cases children grow up believing that their father doesn’t love them, and wonder why as a big strong man and protector they don’t come to them.What percentage of drug affected youths, runaways, truants, delinquents, mental illness and teenage pregnancies do you think are Fatherless children. You may know children from separated families. Di d they excel when a parent left?Were they sad ? Did they blame themselves for some silly reason like not helping with the dishes?Was a chip growing on their shoulder?
You may know parents from separated families. Did these people grow or slowly fade into the background as they carried the unspeakable burden upon them? Did they become unemployable or do they now rely on depressants? Problem is, this is what happens to the good and loving fathers. The cads couldn’t give a toss and disappear into the wilderness with a new life without the burden of the wife and kids.
This is where Jim Bailey is important. Jim is important as he cares for the good fathers who are so depressed that suicide is not far from their mind. He cares for them so that they may live and one day be re-united with their children. Jim knows that the children need to know that both parents love them, and in an age where fathers can so easily be dispensed from homes, it is important for someone to help them. Jim knows what it is like to lose a child and how important a listening ear is. Jim knows how fatherless children yearn for the love, attention and protection of their biological father. And believe me, unless you or your child has been through the agony, it is hard to appreciate.
Even if Jim Bailey wanted to change he couldn’t. Too many people know of his work and seek him out or send others for help.
Jim Bailey is not limited to Auckland or N.Z. He is known and respected throughout the world. He is known and respected as a true humanitarian.You should be thankful for knowing him, for living with him for the work and empathy he shows and gives to his fellow man, no matter how annoying it can be at times.
I just hope that you new tenants are half as good.
Yours Faithfully, A. Mark Bourne. Chairman Richard Hillman Foundation.
StephenPerkins Public Officer Richard Hillman Foundation inc.
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Originally posted 2007-11-15 17:20:34.