From the Office
From the Office
Between Friends. Edition 1, 2019
A hard-working team of seven women are employed by The OTIS Foundation, with the clear purpose of assisting people across Australia who are dealing with the challenges of breast cancer. I am honoured that in late 2018, the OTIS Board asked me to continue leading this team in a more permanent capacity.
This year, 18,087 women and 148 men are estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Alongside the significant health consequences, many patients face the unseen toll of both psychological and financial strain.
OTIS was founded to provide relief and solace from the psychological effects of a breast cancer diagnosis and we are privileged that 19 years on we continue to play an important role in the wellbeing component of treatment.
Each year, OTIS offers close to 3,500 nights of retreat accommodation and while this is an impressive accomplishment, the number of people waiting for a stay has escalated. We currently have more than 400 on our waitlist. Our goal is to reduce the waitlist significantly and to achieve this I urge you to consider the various ways you can support OTIS to help provide more stays.
Whether it is through our Annual Raffle, by hosting a High Tea, attending our biennial Ball, or by taking the exciting step to join our 2019 adventure to the Great Wall of China, we need your support. We are also looking to expand our corporate partnerships and I am pleased that our relationship with the Dry July Foundation is helping facilitate this, with the launch of Corporate Dry July. Our corporate partners are setting up workplace teams to GO DRY this July for OTIS. If your workplace could be involved in this initiative please make contact with the team to talk about how you can participate.
For now please enjoy this edition of Between Friends.
Lisa Farrar, CEO
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