BEING a foster father is hard, you can’t make plans, it is expensive and you never get time to yourself but Greg Wiltshire would not give it up for “a million dollars”.
Mr Wiltshire will be spending his Father’s Day running foster children around to make sure they can spend time with their dads.
“I get every day, I don’t need a special day,” he said.
Mr Wiltshire became a foster father about a year ago.
He owns a gym, 28hundred, in Leewood and noticed scores of disadvantaged children coming and going with clothes on that did not fit and without food in their bellies.
He started feeding them, clothing them and looking after them for weeks on end to give their families some respite.
Mr Wiltshire and his wife have two kids of their own each but none together.
“We were standing there one day and thought well what’s next?” He said.
“Then we saw a sign about fostering and so we did.”
The couple foster two boys aged 10 and 13.
“At the gym you can draw a straight line between which kids have a positive male role model and which ones don’t,” he said.
Mr Wiltshire said he and his wife barely have “two cents to rub together”, they are tired and stressed.
But when one of the boys takes on board something Mr Wiltshire taught them, when they say thank-you or when he catches them helping out another child, the pride he feels is almost overwhelming.
“Before we [fostered] I didn’t know what success was,” he said.
“It’s worth more than any money you could put in front of anyone.”
Mr Wiltshire has a message for all dads whether they be biological fathers or not.
“If you’re the dad present then man up and be that dad,” he said.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a foster carer, Mr Wiltshire said he would love to meet to talk about all the issues carers might come up against.
“If you can do it, you’re going to make a difference.”