A ripping event: The Rippers lunch


On Friday May 26, a vital part of the Cottage community – The Rippers Club – hosted its annual lunch for members in the dining room at the Cottage in Queenscliff. The guests sat at the very tables and chairs the children sit at when they enjoy the delicious and nutritious food served at Cottage. On the menu was a delicious homemade winter pie with veggies and salad, hand-made by Cottage chef Kim and our volunteers. As always, it was a ripping event.

One of the highlights of the day was when the charismatic and colourful Rippers’ Committee Member, Phil de Fégely, was appointed an official Cottage by the Sea Ambassador. The Rippers help facilitate and enable support for our children across their far-reaching business and social networks. An auctioneer by trade, Phil has been outstanding in this area utilising his prowess with the gavel and opening doors to raise much-needed funds, which is absolutely vital to a non-government funded charity like Cottage by the Sea.

In the absence of our CEO, Adam Wake, who unfortunately was away with the the flu, Andrew Balaam from Special Projects for Cottage by the Sea made the announcement and presented Phil with a gift on behalf of the Cottage. Pictured at the Rippers luncheon is newly appointed Cottage Ambassador, Phil de Fegely, left with Andrew Balaam, right.

Thank you Phil for everything you do for the Cottage and congratulations from the entire Cottage community on your appointment as Ambassador for Cottage by the Sea.

Another highlight of the day was the interview Bill Kerr from Cottage did with Cottage Alumni Jade and Caitlyn. They both spoke about how their Cottage experiences on our REEF and Mentor programs helped to shape who they are today. Overcoming some obstacles as they transition into young adults, both girls told their own inspiring stories, reflecting on their time here at Cottage and how this has shaped their decisions and pathway. Caitlyn and Jade are inspiring examples of how a sense of belonging can develop connections to community, enabling a variety of new opportunities.

A very generous donation was made by The Rippers to Cottage, thanks to the support of those in attendance and their wide membership group.