FOR New England Girls School students Abbie and Isobel Robertson, this year’s trip to the Royal Easter Show with the school’s livestock team will be about a lot more than competing for trophies.
Abbie’s twin, also a student at NEGS, has been battling anorexia for nearly three years and is at a local hospital waiting for a bed in a Sydney clinic.
As a result of her ongoing struggles, and the school’s commitment to raising awareness about eating disorders and body image issues, the NEGS Cattle Club is selling one its steers to aid the Butterfly Foundation.
The foundation represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image, as well as their family and friends, advocating for improved services from both government and independent sources.
Members of the NEGS club have been showcasing the steer, ED, at recent regional shows and beef expos and are taking him to Sydney in an effort to raise donations and interest in his eventual sale, with all profits going to the Butterfly Foundation.
The students also hope to create more awareness of eating disorders and body image within local communities right across the region.
Wendy Robertson said her family had seen firsthand the struggle regional public hospitals had in supporting her daughter’s illness.
NEGS students are familiar with the Butterfly Foundation, having had educational speakers at the school as part of its wellbeing program.