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Hume Bank to Assist Local Group In Bringing Eating Disorder Treatment Options to the Border

Hume Bank

Currently around 4% of the Australian population is experiencing an eating disorder. This is close to one million people. Hume Bank is playing its part by holding its eighth Charity Event on Wednesday 16 May and has recognised a local organisation early in their journey, North East Eating Disorders Support Group (NEEDS).

Eating disorders are complex and crippling mental illnesses that require expert treatment and support. Sufferers require effective treatment in the short and long term. Regional families are at a disadvantage due to extremely limited treatment options – meaning they need to travel to metropolitan areas to receive treatment which comes at a high cost. 

NEEDS Group was established on World Eating Disorders Day in 2017 by two local mothers Meryl Wilcox and Sue van de Ven. The primary goal of NEEDS Group is to provide support for families and carers of people with an eating disorder, to encourage hope and to promote community awareness on the Border. 

“Families play a crucial role in the treatment and recovery of eating disorders and the group aspires to draw support, experience and skills from others undergoing a similar journey,” shared NEEDS Group Co-Founder Meryl Wilcox. 

“Hume’s Charity event will assist NEEDS to bring necessary training and resources to the region so carers are more educated and skilled to support their loved ones through what can be such a long and protracted illness” said Mrs Wilcox. 

Both Meryl and Sue believe it will also assist them in being better equipped to proactively assist those in need.

“The aim of this year’s event is to raise funds and more importantly awareness for NEEDS Group in the hope to send a powerful message about the seriousness of eating disorders and the desperate need to have access to appropriate treatment and care,” said Andrew de Graaff, Chief Customer Officer and Acting CEO - Hume Bank.

One of Australia’s most sought after health and wellness advocates Jessica Sepel will share her journey with guests, including her broken relationship with food that left her on the verge of a serious eating disorder in her teenage years. As a clinical nutritionist, author and social media blogger Jessica will also demonstrate her love for nutritional wholefoods in a cooking masterclass.    

 “Carers can be partners, parents, siblings, friends, neighbours and even children. At Hume, we recognise that these extraordinary members of our local community should not have to go through the considerable personal strain and huge responsibility they have, alone. We are privileged to be able to get behind the NEEDS Group and are confident that this will make a difference,” shared Mr. de Graaff. 

Event Details: Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018, 5.30pm-9.30pm | Venue: Regent Cinema, 456 Dean Street, Albury | Tickets: $65pp