Meander beneficiaries provide breast cancer gift

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A charity that provides accommodation at no cost to women living with breast cancer is one of the beneficiaties and participants of this year’s Murray Meander.

The OTIS Foundation is a national charity based in Bendigo which offers retreat accommodation in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory. 

As well as being in Echuca-Moama to participate in the Murray Meander, The OTIS Foundation is also calling on generous individuals in the Echuca-Moama region to help it establish its newest breast cancer retreat.

The OTIS Foundation’s General Manager, Rachel Mason, said the majority of The OTIS Foundation’s properties are generously donated by individuals who provide access to their holiday home or second property for selected periods throughout the year, “OTIS provides a very unique gift, it’s about providing a place that people living with breast cancer can stay and take time to enjoy being together with their loved ones away from the emotional challenges of living with disease.

“This year we expect to offer almost 4000 night’s accommodation to our guests, with bold ambitions to significantly increase this figure over the coming years. We can only do this by offering more stays at more properties to meet the growing demand from people living with breast cancer.” Mrs Mason said.

“It is actually a fairly straight forward process for our property owners to get involved with OTIS, not only will we take care of managing all bookings during the times specified by the owner as available, we reimburse utilities costs and cover cleaning and linen charges. Many of our property donors would rather see their holiday home used for this worthwhile cause rather than sit empty during their usual low-season. In some instances we have beachside properties made available to us during the cooler months when they wouldn’t otherwise be used and similarly we have use of a ski chalet out of snow season and other peak times.” Mrs Mason added.

Mrs Mason urged the local community to consider if they know someone who can help, saying “We are now calling on people in the Echuca-Moama region who either own a holiday home locally or know someone who does to come forward and help OTIS continue with its valuable work.”

To find out more about The OTIS Foundation visit www.otisfoundation.org.au or phone (03) 5444 1185.

 

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