Breast Cancer retreats expand into Queensland

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The OTIS Foundation, which currently provides more than 2500 nights accommodation annually to women living with breast cancer and their families, is adding a retreat located at Sunshine Beach in Noosa to its network.

Breast Cancer Ambassador and local Sunshine Coast resident, Raelene Boyle, said that the establishment of the first OTIS retreat in Queensland was a huge positive for local women living with breast cancer, “OTIS retreats provide women with time and space - a place to relax and reconnect with loved ones and take a break from the huge emotional challenges of living with breast cancer.” Ms Boyle said

“I’ve had a close working relationship with the OTIS Foundation for some years and believe that they are in tune with a practical way for women to have time out when they need it most.” Ms Boyle added.

Wainui, as the Noosa retreat will be known, will be the 25th property for the OTIS Foundation, which currently has retreats in Victoria, New South Australia and South Australia. The property has been made available through its owners, the Caple Family, with Nina Caple explaining that her family was originally motivated to provide their property after losing a close friend to Leukemia, “We have always said we wanted to make our holiday home available to people living with cancer, it is such a positive example we can offer to our children about how to help people who need it most.” Mrs Caple said.

“We just hope that guests will be able to find respite and spend quality time with their loved ones, escaping some of the pressures that go hand in hand with this disease.” Mrs Caple added.

Logan resident and mother of three, Heather Lloyd was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and will be one of the first guests at the Wainui retreat when she visits with her family in January. She explained her gratitude to the Caple Family for providing this gift to women going through similar circumstances, “For many of us there is no way we could ever afford to pay for such a retreat after long periods off work and expensive medical bills. Your generosity is very much appreciated.” Mrs Lloyd commented.

Anyone who has faced the challenges of living with breast cancer is eligible to stay at Wainui retreat at no cost along with their partner, family or friends. To find out more about the retreat or the benefits of donating time at your property phone the OTIS Foundation (03) 5444 1184.

 

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