The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) in Australia estimates that at least 16% of Australians suffer from eating disorders (ED) and disordered eating. This equates to a little over four million Australians grappling with a sickness that causes a whole host of societal and psychological problems. Compounded by an overall lack of awareness and understanding, and a healthcare system that is not fully equipped to address the specific needs of these patients, eating disorders present a major unspoken problem for our society.
EndED is an organisation dedicated to support and healing for ED patients. Co-founders Mark and Gayle Forbes are eagerly anticipating the completion of its dedicated premises on the Sunshine Coast, the first of its kind in Australia. Reece Grant recipient Daine Smith, from Port City Air-conditioning, is contributing his mechanical services expertise to the project, facilitating the entire mechanical install of the air conditioning and ventilation system at endED’s new facility. Daine’s $5,000 Reece Grant will go towards all the parts required for the installation.
EndED began with a personal story – that of Mark and Gayle Forbes’ two young daughters, both of whom suffer from eating disorders. Mark and Gayle embarked on this cause to bring support to those who need it but also to spark hope that things can change, and reassurance that no one’s alone in their journey.
“Mark’s passion for the cause really stirred me,” says Daine, who was put in touch with endED through his Sunshine Coast branch. “It was clear that he’d taken so much time and trouble toward collecting research, getting all the right people on board and coming up with a plan for how best to help and change things around. You can’t help but be inspired by that sort of drive, it really spurs you on to dive right in an contribute whatever you can.”
“I hope to send in five to six guys on site, and our part of the work should take three to five weeks. Everyone’s really excited to be part of this and to see the completed facility. It’s brilliant to know we’ll have contributed to a great end result and I’d love to see how we can continue helping in the future.”
It’s important for Daine and his team to be involved in charitable projects that make a difference. “Knowing that ED patients often find themselves in mental health facilities where the environment really isn’t conducive to healing specific to their unique situations really saddens me,” says Daine. “I’m looking forward to seeing the change a dedicated facility makes in their lives.”