Aust-first for suf­fer­ers

Eat­ing dis­or­der fa­cil­ity

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Stu­art Cum­ming stu­art.cum­ming@sc­news.com.au

EN­GI­NEERS and tradies are next on Mark Forbes’ list of com­mu­nity sup­port­ers needed to bring an Aus­tralian-first eat­ing dis­or­der fa­cil­ity to the Sun­shine Coast.

His char­ity’s de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to build an eight-bed­room, eight-bath­room fa­cil­ity at Mooloolah Valley has been ap­proved by the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil.

“The coun­cil has been very sup­port­ive,” Mr Forbes said.

He and fel­low endED founder Gayle Forbes are fo­cused on se­cur­ing the rest of the $1.3 million needed to fi­nalise the pur­chase of the Old Gympie Rd prop­erty.

“We are half­way there,” Mr Forbes said.

He said 20 busi­nesses had so far of­fered in-kind sup­port through­out the plan­ning and con­sult­ing process.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic sup­port from a lot of lo­cal busi­nesses within the re­gion.

“It has been hum­bling in a way to see the com­pa­nies get on board.”

He said ne­go­ti­a­tions with an­other char­ity to join the pro­ject were in fi­nal stages and he was also in con­tact with Coast phi­lan­thropists about help­ing with land pur­chase.

The prop­erty sale is due to set­tle in early July.

“Ob­vi­ously the first pri­or­ity is fi­nal­is­ing the fi­nance to set­tle.

“The sec­ond is we keep putting the feel­ers out for busi­nesses to help us with the next stage.”

Mr Forbes said that in­cluded a civil con­trac­tor and trades­men to com­plete roof­ing, trusses, til­ing, win­dows and doors.

“Ob­vi­ously, do­na­tions would be the ul­ti­mate.”

He said most sup­port­ers so far seemed to have had knowl­edge or ex­pe­ri­ence of eat­ing dis­or­ders.

“I think that the con­nec­tion seems to be if a par­tic­u­lar com­pany or per­son has come in con­tact with an eat­ing dis­or­der in some stage of their life,” he said.

Mr Forbes and his wife have two daugh­ters with eat­ing dis­or­ders and their char­ity is ded­i­cated to help­ing oth­ers.

“It is a sav­age, sav­age ride,” he said.

“In reach­ing out (for sup­port of this pro­ject) if you you can make that con­nec­tion through that world it makes the job eas­ier.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the plan visit www.ended.org.au or give Mr Forbes a call on 0407 592 932.

PHOTO: BLACKBURNE JACKSON DE­SIGN

SUP­PORTED: Ar­chi­tect Ro­han Jackson’s de­sign for an eat­ing dis­or­der fa­cil­ity.

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