Portsea home for new breast cancer retreat

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The OTIS Foundation has recently partnered with The Rotary Club of Sorrento to offer stays at the Police Point Cottages in Portsea.

The Cottages, which are usually made available at low cost to carers of people with a disability, will be available for short-term stays at no cost to anyone who has faced a breast cancer diagnosis. This unique service is provided in a hope that a stay at the property will reduce the psychological impacts of dealing with the disease. 

The OTIS Foundation’s General Manager, Rachel Mason said the Cottages join a national network of properties that offer guests the gift of time and space in an environment that allows them to relax, reconnect and heal with loved ones, “Our guests tell us that a stay at an OTIS retreat is often the pivotal turning point and provides them with time to create special memories together.” Mrs Mason said.

“This year we expect to offer almost 4000 night’s accommodation across five states to people living with breast cancer and their families and we continue to see demand for our properties increase.  It is only through the generosity of individuals and groups, like the Rotary Club of Sorrento, that we are able to provide this gift.” added Mrs Mason.

Past President of The Sorrento Rotary Club, Peter Donald, said its members are extremely pleased to provide tangible support to the work of The OTIS Foundation, “We trust that guests at the Police Point Cottages have the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing break from their normal routine and to experience some of the attractions of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.” Mr. Donald said.

Currently, The OTIS Foundation has properties in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. The Police Point Cottages are situated on the 17.5 hectare Police Point Shire Park and accommodates six guests for stays of up to five nights.


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