Photo Credit: Caleb Oquendo from Pexels

A father can come in all shapes and sizes; one woman used this Father’s Day to thank the man in her life that has been every bit a father that she could have hoped for!


South Africa (22 June 2020) – Andrew Phillips shared a beautiful, heartwarming story of love. Father’s Day is important to many people, but not everyone celebrates their birth father.

As Brent Lindeque, the Good Things Guy said, “Whether you’re a new Dad, or an old Dad, a StepDad, or a PetDad, a MomDad or you’re just giving a shout out to your Dad in heaven. What makes me beyond happy is to see all the love for the men who raised us right and showed us what it is to be a good Dad.”

Thabi Leriba found fatherly guidance and support in her sensei. She was moved by the effect he had on her life and decided to dedicate her Father’s Day to him.

Henri Eksteen has dedicated all of his adult life to Martial arts, and uplifting the community. According to Andrew, he has even gone so far as to “taxi” students to the Dojo and back home.

“Soke (Grandmaster) Henri Eksteen (10th Dan) receives a very special, and much-needed Fathers day message on Facebook from one of his previous students.” – Andrew Phillips

Thabi was a student of Henri’s, and he played a more significant role in her life than he could imagine. It was her kind words to him on Father’s Day that had him in tears.

“I’ve never had a Father Figure in my life but There’s 1 Man who played a role in my life which I’d never forget.

This man taught me respect, discipline and dignity. Even though life has parted us away from each other but I’m still grateful till this day for all the teachings you have given me.

Not only were you my karate instructor, you were a father which I never really had. Thank you for everything.🥋


Thabi’s message reminds us that there are many men (and women) in our lives that have helped us grow and feel safe. We should remember to thank them for what they have done.

Father’s Day may have passed, but the opportunity to spread a little love is there every day!

Sources: Andrew Phillips
Don’t ever miss the Good Things. Download the Good Things Guy App now on Apple or Google
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments or follow GoodThingsGuy on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with good news as it happens or share your good news with us by clicking here
Click the link below to listen to the Good Things Guy Podcast, with Brent Lindeque – South Africa’s very own Good Things Guy. He’s on a mission to change what the world pays attention to, and he truly believes that there’s good news all around us. In the Good Things Guy podcast, you’ll meet these everyday heroes & hear their incredible stories:
Or watch an episode of Good Things TV below, a show created to offer South Africans balance in a world with what feels like constant bad news. We’re here to remind you that there are still so many good things happening in South Africa & we’ll hopefully leave you feeling a little more proudly South African.

Facebook Comments

About the Author

Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *