Welcome to The Otis Foundation
The Otis Foundation's focus for 2015 is Kez's Hideaway.
Kez’s Hideaway is an amazing homestead being built for The Otis Foundation near Bendigo, Victoria, and in memory of Kerri Gray.
In March 2011, local Bendigo builder, Paul Gray, lost his wife to breast cancer. Kerri (or Kez as she was known) planted the seed for Kez’s Hideaway with Paul, telling him that he should do something, perhaps by building a house for the OTIS Foundation.
Paul; generous land donors, the Campbell family; the OTIS Foundation and the a huge range of supporters are now making Kez’s vision a reality through the build of "Kez's Hideaway"- with construction underway and set for completion in 2015.
To find out more information and how you can help visit www.kezshideaway.org.au
The Otis Foundation provides retreats for women and men living with breast cancer at no accommodation charge. We aim to provide immediate relief to people who need a short-term break away.
The not-for-profit organisation was proudly born in the Central Victorian township of Bendigo and has undergone a rapid and exciting expansion over the past ten years.
The hundreds of guests who take advantage of The Otis Foundation's retreat accommodation each year consider the organisation a hidden gem.
Word of "The Otis Experience" is spreading rapidly, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that those in need of a helping hand are empowered to reach out.
The Foundation currently has properties in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia and is strongly committed to ongoing growth, with plans to evolve into a national network.
Otis retreats offer time out to relax, reconnect and regroup for those dealing with the challenges that come alongside serious illness.
Each retreat has been donated for its location, in a beautiful environment which allows guests to draw on nature for strength and comfort.
Partners, family members and friends are welcome to stay but often those who call on The Otis Foundation are looking for solitude or quality time with only those closest to them.
Our Vision: To reduce the psychological impact on those living with breast cancer, their families and communities through the provision of a national network of quality retreats provided at no accommodation cost. Our Mission: To provide sanctuaries to nurture those facing the challenges of living with breast cancer.
Kez’s Hideaway is to be a beautiful new home, to honour the life of Kerri Gray.
Due to be completed in 2015, the home will be constructed by Paul Gray Builders on land donated by the Campbell family in Redesdale with Jimmy Possum donated furniture throughout.
The delivery of Kez’s Hideaway will allow the OTIS Foundation to provide an additional 104 stays annually, supporting more than 400 guests. Importantly, Kez’s Hideaway will also cater for large families, for weekends and during holiday periods – something the OTIS Foundation currently has limited capacity to do.
What a wonderful dream filled experience. This is a healing place; a forget your cares place.
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