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A Day in the Cottage Kitchen

Off to Cottage by the Sea I go for a very rewarding day working in the kitchen as chef for the day. Greeted by lovely warm smiles, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and children’s laughter and happiness echoing through the hallways makes for a perfect start to the day! After an energizing morning coffee […]

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Fit N Focused On Giving Back

At Cottage by the Sea, we are forever thankful for the help we receive from the community. As a non-profit and non-government funded organisation, both individuals and local businesses are key contributors to the ongoing mission of our charity. In this blog, we are spotlighting one of our awesome supporters – Fit n Focused gym. How they […]

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Traditional Charity In A Digital World

The rise of digital technology has changed almost every aspect of everyday society in numerous ways and levels. The way we communicate, do business, shop, spend our free time – in a short amount of time, digital technology has made most elements of contemporary life accessible to everyone. And yes. Even the way we do charity has […]

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Cats at the Cottage

The kids from Yuille Park Community College were given a big surprise on their second day of camp when 15 Geelong Cats football players showed up for lunch. The players who attended included, Cottage by the Sea Ambassador, Patrick Dangerfield and team captain, Joel Selwood. After chewing down some healthy and energy filled salad roles for lunch, the kids and […]

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Flinders Golf Day

In it’s thirteenth year, the annual fundraising golf day at Flinders Golf Course shows no signs of slowing down. The day, organised by Cottage Ambassador Alan Harrison and long time supporter Geoff Counsel, has become a favourite fundraising event on the Cottage calendar and raised just short of $40,000 – the most raised to date. […]

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2018 Fair Wrap up

Wow – what an amazing day! which is our largest public fundraiser each year, raised an amazing $70,000, toppling the total from last year’s fair. The event is largely organised and run by our amazing Branches and 100% of takings from the stalls goes to Cottage by the Sea. The organisers could not have asked […]

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Host a Christmas FUNdraiser

Christmas can leave us feeling a tad greedy after overindulging for days on end. It usually leaves us slightly heavier and our pockets a whole lot emptier. Feasting and gifting is nothing to feel guilty about! However, there are many ways you can pass on the enjoyment you feel at this time of year to […]

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Building A Better Cottage

Cottage by the Sea. Non-profit. Non-government funded. A proud charitable history with a future as bright as the smiles we deliver. For over 125 years we’ve provided much-needed assistance in the form of our inspiring seaside camps. We’re in the unique position of relying entirely on donations from the community to deliver our invaluable inspiration […]

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News from Melbourne

I have been busy the past month travelling all over Melbourne collecting wonderful donations to ensure our campers have a special time, not just at Christmas, but all year. This has been alongside speaking to groups and delivering our new calendars to our generous supporters. Some memorable moments from November: Upon visiting the Bayswater Ladies […]

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A Wonderful Year with the Cathy Freeman Foundation

Cottage staff members Troy, Natalie, Mel and Sean were up bright and early on Sunday 5th November in order to catch a short flight to the Australian Capital Territory, where a large group of 24 participants (all involved with the Cathy Freeman Foundation) were awaiting to spend the week with us. Amongst the group we had […]

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Forward Thinking Fundraising

The rise of digital technology has generated many trends that come and go. For charitable organisations, it has bred a whole new world of opportunity to communicate with the public and generate donations and support. There has been recent emphasis surrounding corporate social responsibility among companies, but actively fulfilling this remains an outlier in the […]

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What your donation does

Many individuals and businesses make donations largely based on their financial situation at the time to determine the donation amount. That is fine, as all donations are welcome, big or small! However, imagine making the decision based on the impact your money can make on a young person’s wellbeing. Knowing exactly how far your donation […]

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Some words from Caitlyn

The week began with the older Mentors meeting the younger Mentors for the first time, but that was no issue at all as they began to communicate over lunch. The afternoon began with a guest speaker, CBTS Ambassador Warren Davies, talking to the kids about their, ‘Why?’ and teaching them how to create big goals […]

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Choosing a charity? Go local!

If you’re a contemporary business and reading this, you are most likely becoming increasingly aware of your corporate social responsibility. If so, good for you! You’ve reached a point in your business journey which has allowed you to actively consider how your brand can positively influence others – outside of day-to-day business operations. So, congratulations, […]