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Ever wondered …?

Ever wondered how children are chosen to take part in the amazing Cottage by the Sea programs? Throughout its 130-plus year history, Cottage by the Sea has taken children on referral from those who know the children best. Remaining true to the same mission: to reach those children who need it most, to enhance their […]

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A legacy to last a lifetime

Charles Adams was just eight years old when he first encountered Cottage by the Sea. He fondly recalls his time there – and he says it saved his life. For this reason, Charles emphasises the importance of Gifts in Wills to ensure the ongoing financial stability of an organisation like the Cottage. In 2012, the […]

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Meet our new patron, Rebecca Maddern

Media personality Rebecca Maddern has been announced as the new Patron of children’s charity Cottage by the Sea. She replaces Frank Costa AO, who was Patron from 2014 until his passing in May 2021. Cottage by the Sea CEO Adam Wake said Rebecca Maddern was an obvious choice for the role and that we are […]

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GIVING DAY 2022

In the past month or so, we have had more children through our doors than at any equivalent time in our history. With every COVID safe measure in place we have welcomed camp after camp of children. Which is so important at this time in our history. We have all had a tough couple of […]

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BOUTIQUE HOMES CHARITY AUCTION RAISES $1.68 MILLION

Leading Victorian builder, Boutique Homes, in partnership with Moremac Property Group, sold one of its premium ‘family homes in Point Lonsdale for an incredible $1.68 million, with net proceeds from the sale being donated to Cottage by the Sea. Built in just six and a half months with the help of over 45 supporting partners, […]

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Why donate to a charity?

Ever thought you would like to donate to a charity? You are wondering which is the best charity to donate to. Why am I donating to charity? Who benefits What’s in it for me? And … How do I donate to a charity? Let’s start with ‘Why?’ Many people choose a charity they can relate […]

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131st Annual General Meeting – rescheduled

Due to unprecedented storms on Friday 29th October, our 131st Annual General Meeting was postponed. The Cottage by the Sea Board of Directors now invites you to attend our rescheduled 131st Annual General Meeting. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up so many challenges to the way we provide services to children. With each new hurdle, our […]

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HELP US HELP MORE KIDS

On Tuesday 2 March 2021, Cottage by the Sea is having a Giving Day to HELP US HELP MORE KIDS. On this day, each donation will be doubled. Every donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, by our generous supporters including @apco_foundation and other anonymous donors. On this day, we will increase your impact. $25 […]

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Respite by the Sea

In June 2020, during Victoria’s COVID-19 second wave, Cottage by the Sea put particular focus on opening up our Riptide facility to host families in need of a break from their everyday lives. The first two of many families booked to benefit from this service were referred to us by Justice Connect; an organisation who […]

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Cottage makeover

Cottage by the Sea CEO Adam Wake recently showed journalists from the Geelong Advertiser a sneak peak at our renovation. You can read the article here.

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Supporting our community in times of need.

In response to COVID-19 restrictions Cottage by the Sea has been delivering remote children’s programs as well as providing food relief to our local community. Food relief response While we are unable to have children onsite, our Chef has continued to produce remarkable meals from rescued and donated food. We have been delivering approximately 600 […]

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Supporting the community that always supports us

In early March, the Department of Education and Training announced that all school camps were to be postponed until further notice. With great sadness, Cottage by the Sea closed its doors to children for the second time in our 130 year history, the last being when the Australian Army took over the Cottage as a […]

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Crucial intervention for children from bushfire-affected areas

In 2020, Cottage by the Sea will begin a three-year commitment to supporting children from Victorian bushfire-affected communities by providing Take a Break camps. We have previous experience supporting children who experienced trauma in the 2009 Victorian fires, over an extended period. The Take a Break camps for primary school-age children from bushfire affected communities will be […]

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Jungle escape brings kids to the beach

This February, Cottage by the Sea CEO Adam Wake, is participating in a unique jungle marathon event.  Adam is using his participation in the event to help raise funds for the Cottage to provide camps for children and families in bushfire affected communities. The “Escape from The Jungle” event is unique in terms of the […]

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Space to breathe after the fires

Cottage by the Sea will once again open its doors to communities affected by bushfire. Bushfires ravaging Victoria this summer have impacted each and every one of us.  Even far away from the devastation, our local beaches have been closed as smoke engulfs Victoria.  Without hesitation we have all reached into our hearts and wallets […]

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Thank you for listening!

One of our Mentors spoke at our 129th Annual General Meeting this October … below is a transcript of his thoughtful and heartfelt speech. Good morning everyone, welcome to the AGM. My name is Bailey, I’ve enjoyed my time at Cottage by the Sea. My five highlights were The Melbourne trip Seeing Foxy lose his […]

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Social Return on Investment

“General happiness is a big thing. Overall happiness is the key.” This is a quote from one of the more than 50 parents surveyed as part of recent research into the Social Return on Investment delivered by Cottage by the Sea. This research, conducted by SVA Consulting and generously funded by The R. E. Ross […]

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Meet our new CEO

Adam Wake joins Cottage by the Sea as CEO, after 11years managing the Lions Village Licola Inc (LVL). A not-for-profit, 270-bed outdoor education camp in remote Victoria.  Many of the children welcomed to LVL are either disadvantaged, disabled or disengaged and have enjoyed rewarding, if not life changing, experiences on an LVL program. During his […]