Breast cancer retreats to further expand in Queensland

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Queensland women dealing with breast cancer are set to benefit from an expansion of accommodation retreats made available at no cost by national charity, The OTIS Foundation. 

Queensland mother of three, Heather Lloyd, said that the time she spent with her family at a Sunshine Coast breast cancer retreat following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015 was both healing and powerful, “It was a holiday we could not afford financially after treatment and loss of income, yet it was exactly what we all needed. My daughter started to sleep well again. My sons began to laugh again and my husband and I were able to relax and find hope again. It was a life changing opportunity through The OTIS Foundation, one that we will all never forget.” Mrs Lloyd said.

To assist the charity’s Queensland expansion from its current three properties to six, The OTIS Foundation is seeking holiday accommodation owners to consider donating time at their property when it may otherwise sit vacant.

Noosa residents, the Caple Family, offer time at their apartment at Sunshine Beach 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’ve found the process of helping others through sharing our property with The OTIS Foundation both easy and genuinely rewarding. to think that we can, in a small way, enable people to escape some of the pressures of breast cancer and spend quality time with their loved ones is incredibly gratifying.“ Mrs Caple added.

The OTIS Foundation is interested in properties that can ideally be available for eight weeks or more annually and are situated in an environment that allows privacy for guests to relax and reconnect with loved ones. 

The charity takes responsibility for booking guests during the times specified as available at each property. The costs associated with cleaning and linen services when in use by OTIS guests will also be covered by the charity with the support of funding received from the Dry July Foundation.

“I so appreciate what The OTIS Foundation offers and I want that for people who have gone through breast cancer and those who are going through breast cancer now. There is so much need out there, so if you are in a position to help, please do.” Mrs Lloyd added. 

To discuss offering your property to those dealing with breast cancer, contact The OTIS Foundation’s Property Manager Lynda Davis on (03) 5444 1185 or email


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