The Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s leading non-government organisation representing eating disorders and body image, has announced Mrs Australia Globe 2011, Karen Gee (pictured far left), as its first ambassador.
“It is a privilege to be chosen as the first Ambassador for The Butterfly Foundation and I am so proud to be working with Butterfly to help them change the way we look at ourselves, and to help young people love who they are – inside and out,” said Mrs Karen Gee.
Through her charity work, the mother of five has demonstrated a passion for raising children to value who they are and not what they look like and she believes in helping adults understand the important role they can play, in addressing negative body image and eating disorders.
CEO of the Butterfly Foundation, Christine Morgan said the Butterfly Foundation chose Karen Gee as its first ambassador in recognition of her commitment to advocacy and charitable fund raising through the Mrs Australia Globe competition.
“Addressing the known pathway between negative body image and eating disorders is a significant priority for Butterfly and Karen’s enthusiasm, profile and dedication to raising awareness of these issues and Butterfly’s work will be invaluable,” said Ms Morgan.
Ms Morgan added that the Butterfly Foundation is looking forward to working with Karen as she raises awareness of these important issues and Butterfly’s work in the community.
Karen Gee was crowned Mrs Australia Globe on 18th September 2011, after working tirelessly to raise awareness and much needed funding for the two charities the competition supports.
Karen says she will use her profile as the current Mrs Australia Globe to help Butterfly connect with new areas of the community. She is particularly interested in helping mothers with young children appreciate the seriousness of these illnesses.
“I have a strong association with mothers who struggle to reclaim their sense of self-worth and well-being after pregnancy. The role-modelling parents provide to their children around body image and healthy living is also an area that needs broader discussion in the community,” she said.
Karen’s first event as Butterfly’s Ambassador will be to co-host the Autumn Racing’s Ladies Long Lunch for the Australian Turf Club at Rosehill Racecourse on March 24. Funds raised will go to The Butterfly Foundation.
The Butterfly Foundation’s Ambassador program builds upon nine years of consistent work which includes education programs, services and counselling, by an army of volunteers and dedicated supporters.
For more information about the Butterfly Foundation visit the website: www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au