Breast Cancer Retreats expand into the Northern Territory

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A charity that provides retreat accommodation at no cost to women living with breast cancer is now offering stays at its first retreat in the Northern Territory.

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 Cullen Bay in Darwin to its network.

Cullen Bay retreat, as the property will be known, will be the 29th property for the OTIS Foundation, which currently has retreats in Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

The OTIS Foundation’s General Manager, Rachel Mason, said that the Foundation’s expansion into the Northern Territory was a very important step to ensure local women living with breast cancer are able to take an important break “Our aim is to provide the gift of time and space, in an environment that lets the guest relax, reconnect and take a break from the challenges of living with breast cancer with family, friends and supporters. Our guests tell us that a stay at an OTIS retreat is often the pivotal turning point when the series of negatives they have faced to start change.” Mrs Mason said.

“For many of our guests, there is no way they could ever afford to pay for such a retreat after long periods off work and expensive medical bills and we are thrilled to now be able to offer our service to women and their families in the Northern Territory.” Mrs Mason commented.

“It is only through the generosity of families such as the Georges, who have generously donated their Cullen Bay holiday home for use by OTIS guests, that we can offer this service. The majority of OTIS properties are donated by individuals who provide access to their holiday home or second property for selected periods throughout the year, which is exactly the case for this Darwin-based retreat.” Mrs Mason added.

Anyone who has faced the challenges of living with breast cancer is eligible to stay at Cullen Bay 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 (03) 5444 1184.

 

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