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The Mermaids land at Cottage for breakfast

Last week, we had a very special group of visitors to Cottage by the Sea. ‘The Mermaids’ is a very active group of women from the Bellarine Peninsula community who swim daily at Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. It was our pleasure to host them for breakfast, followed by a tour of Cottage. Special thanks to […]

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Please support the Cleana Marina Fundraiser – helping to clean up our ocean

Cottage by the Sea is proud of its special relationship with Sea All Dolphin Swims, which has provided many incredible experiences to children visiting Cottage. Many of Cottage’s program participants have experienced the joy of one of their amazing charters. The Captain and Owner of Sea All Dolphin Swims is James “Murph” Murphy. Murf is […]

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2023 Giving Day: thank you for your generous support

𝙃𝙐𝙉𝘿𝙍𝙀𝘿𝙎 more children are set to benefit from Cottage by the Sea thanks to an 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙗𝙡𝙚 $239,410 raised from this year’s Giving Day. “During 133 years of operation, we’ve been wholly dependent on events and fundraisers like this over that period of time,“ said Adam Wake, Cottage by the Sea CEO. “We’ve got incredible support […]

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Meet Donna – Community Relations, Melbourne

Meet Donna Campisi, our new Community Relations team member who joined the team in early March. Donna was attracted to the role after hearing personal testimonials from staff and participants. Her background includes working in the human service field, mainly in disability and mental health. She also has a background in presentation skills in sales, […]

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A grand farewell to Anne Catchpole after 29 years at Cottage by the Sea!

Today, we said farewell to Anne Catchpole after 29 years of incredible service, commitment and contribution to Cottage by the Sea. Anne retires as the longest-serving staff member in the 132-year history of Cottage. Anne retires officially at the end of February and was given a farewell lunch on Valentines Day at Cottage by the […]

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Vance Joy & Fair Harbor donate to Cottage by the Sea

We recently received the exciting news that, Fair Harbor, a sustainable lifestyle apparel brand, donated $56,842 to Cottage by the Sea from proceeds of a limited-edition collection with Australian multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Vance Joy. The funds donated will be used to fund the new play zone area in the soon to be redeveloped Riptide Cottage, which […]

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Cottage Ambassador Joel Selwood visits the REEFies at Cottage

The whole Cottage team and 18 second-year REEFies loved having Cottage Ambassador, Joel Selwood, visit us today. The second-year REEF program that started today at Cottage in Queenscliff will run through to the end of the week. We have named this camp the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award 2022 Camp. At the 2022 Brownlow Medal […]

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Cottage by the Sea’s Annual Fair Raises $70,000!

We are proud to announce that Cottage by the Sea’s Annual Fair raised a whopping $70,000. We are so grateful for all the incredible support received to achieve this enormous result. On behalf of our staff members, Board members, volunteers, supporters, sponsors and the entire community, we say THANK YOU. This money will be put […]

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Deakin University Applying Design Skills

Recently we updated you on the Riptide Cottage redevelopment and the exciting progression of this facility used for respite and our children’s programs. Once completed the new facility will allow CBTS to significantly increase our Program participant numbers. Our Riptide Respite Program continues to be booked out for many weeks in advance with demand for […]

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Sandra Awarded Geelong Volunteer of the Year

We received the heartwarming news last week that Sandra Vizard one of our longest serving volunteers at Cottage by the Sea was awarded the Geelong Volunteer of the Year Sandra has been an integral part of Cottage by the Sea. She commenced volunteer work in 2002 in an administration capacity. Over 20 years of volunteering! […]

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2022 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

On Friday 28th October we held the Annual General Meeting for Cottage by the Sea in our stunning new space overlooking the Port Phillip Heads.   Thank you to all those who contributed to making the day such a huge success. Joining CEO Adam Wake were the Cottage Board, Patron, Rebecca Maddern on the big […]

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Riptide Redevelopment

Planning has begun for redevelopment of the Riptide Cottage, the secondary building on site. Riptide has served us well, being used for small groups and family respite. A “new” Riptide will honour the past and create an exciting future. Significant funding for the project has been provided through the generosity of Boutique Homes (ABN Group) […]

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2022 Geelong Business Excellence Awards 

We are very proud to be a Finalist in the 2022 Geelong Business Excellence Awards and today we welcomed judges, Bill Winter and Amelia Trethowan as part of the final judging process to decide if we are an overall winner. Patron, Rebecca Maddern, Cottage Alumni and Mentor Program Graduate, Ebony Storrar and other members of […]

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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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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 […]