Aust-first for sufferers
Eating disorder facility
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.
SUPPORTED: Architect Rohan Jackson’s design for an eating disorder facility.