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Sunday 23rdSeptember. Ebony, Louis, Locky and Steve climbed in the Cottage busses bright and early en route...

A Week With the Cathy Freeman Foundation

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We love being part of the Cathy Freeman Horizons Programand the places it takes us. Our most recent...

The Everyday Philanthropist

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Historically, people associate the term philanthropy with someone who has excessive amounts of money, looking to put it to...

I Think I Can, I Think I Can

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Each week at Cottage by the Sea is unique. There are new challenges, new achievements and most importantly, new memories. ...

24 Hours with Kate and our Mentors

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“Hey Kate, can we like live here at the Cottage? Like, seriously, can we? It is just so much...

Project Thrive Professional Development Workshop

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This week The Cottage hosted Andrea Downie; Cofounding Director/Facilitator of “Project Thrive.”

The staff and volunteers were treated...

Climbing For Confidence

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7am Friday morning. We were greeted with the all to normal sets of tired and weary eyes that come...

What Your Business Donation Does

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So, you own or manage a business and you’ve decided to make a tax-deductible donation just in time for...

A Winter Blast

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Cottage by the Sea has a proud history with Herne Hill Primary School. Each year a lucky group of...

Heart Warming Winter Woolies

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This week Cottage by The Sea received an array of beautifully hand-crafted and knitted beanies, scarves, teddy bears and...

Sydney Sights and Sounds!

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Ebony and Bill headed off to the Kings Park pick up point and were greeted by 9 smiling faces. 

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5 Reasons to Donate at the End of Financial Year

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The end of the financial year is a great time for many businesses and individuals. It’s a time to...

FOUR days of fun FOR grade FOUR at The Cottage

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This week we welcomed nine energetic boys from Leopold Primary.  Ebony and Steve had the pleasure of driving just...

Rain Can't Dampen Our Enthusiasm

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It was a beautiful sunny Tuesday morning as we awaited the arrival of forty-five very excited grade 3\4 students...

Discovering a Love For The Coast

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Early Monday morning, Sean and Nat headed off to the Yarra Valley region to collect eighteen very excited children.

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Surfing Thrills and Cooking Skills

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The most beautiful autumn weather provided the perfect start to another exciting camp at Cottage by the Sea.  We...

Fishing For Creativity

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This camp was a short and sharp weekend, jammed packed with fun.

Bill, Ebony, Nat and Sean headed...

Winter is Coming at the Cottage

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The sun is setting sooner. The mornings becoming frosty. It’s safe to say that Autumn is in full swing...

Look Out Everybody, Our Mentors Have Got This!

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Our older group of Mentors are all entering their last few years of high-school and working towards their future...

New Friends

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Here at Cottage by the Sea we love making new friends and we are lucky to be able to...

A Day in the Cottage Kitchen

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Off to Cottage by the Sea I go for a very rewarding day working in the kitchen as chef...

A New Year = New REEF Kids

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Every year we invite kids from a new region to be part of our REEF Program and every year...

Mentoring the Mentors

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Our younger Mentors had been enjoying some sunshine and filling up on some delicious chocolate during their Easter break...

After A Long Drive We Finally Arrive

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It’s one of the biggest drives of the year for our camp leaders, venturing across lengths of Victorian country...

Fit N Focused On Giving Back

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At Cottage by the Sea, we are forever thankful for the help we receive from the community. As a...

Gone Fishing

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It wasn’t long before lunchtime on Tuesday morning when our Cottage staff drove down to the Queenscliff Marina to...

A WELcome Week of Fun

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Monday morning blues don’t exist at Cottage by the Sea, in fact every day feels like the weekend with...

Traditional Charity In A Digital World

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The rise of digital technology has changed almost every aspect of everyday society in numerous ways and levels.

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New Friends before Summer Ends

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Our young partnership with Bethany Community Supporthas blossomed and we always look forward to camps with the kids...

Two for the Price of One

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It’s not often we will have two Take a Breakcamps in a week, but two one after another...

Some Words from the Kids

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All of last week, the Year 6s went to a special camp called Cottage by the Sea! They had...

Cats at the Cottage

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The kids from Yuille Park Community Collegewere given a big surprise on their second day of camp when...

Flinders Golf Day

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In it’s thirteenth year, the annual fundraising golf day at Flinders Golf Course shows no signs of slowing down. ...

A Paddle a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

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At Cottage by the Sea, we are very lucky to have a strong and ongoing support network in our...

A Full-House & A Full-On Week

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It was what you would call a "full-cottage" on this weeks’ program, with all our staff on-board to help...

Reaching Out Is What We Do Best

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January has been a super busy month us at the Cottage but we couldn’t be more pleased to have...

First Camp of 2018

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We were back and running camps the first week of 2018 and we couldn’t have been more excited to...

Seventy-Nine Years On

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It is 79 years since I first stood here, at the door of Cottage by the Sea in Queenscliff. ...

2018 Fair Wrap up

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Wow – what an amazing day! which is our largest public fundraiser each year, raised an amazing $70,000, toppling...

Merry Christmas Mirabel

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Each year Cottage by the Sea hosts two camps in association with The Mirabel Foundation and their staff and...

A Blog From Our Mentors About Our Mentors!

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Finally, after a long term 4 we were eager to see some familiar faces again when our whole group...

Host a Christmas FUNdraiser

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Christmas can leave us feeling a tad greedy after overindulging for days on end. It usually leaves us slightly...

Building A Better Cottage

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Cottage by the Sea. Non-profit. Non-government funded. A proud charitable history with a future as bright as the smiles...

Welcome Back Woodville

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Finally, some hot weather arrived at our doorstep this week and we were lucky enough to share it with...

News from Melbourne

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I have been busy the past month travelling all over Melbourne collecting wonderful donations to ensure our campers have...

A Wonderful Year with the Cathy Freeman Foundation

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Cottage staff members Troy, Natalie, Mel and Sean were up bright and early on Sunday 5thNovember in...

A Magical Camp

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This week we were lucky to have a great group of kids from two Colac primary schools. Ebony and...

A Breath of Fresh Aire

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Our second year REEFies have had a big year of offsite camps, each pushing them to try new things...

The Sun, The Sand and a Very Happy Halloween

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On Monday afternoon, Cottage staff took the short drive to Geelong Train Station to meet 14 eager faces – ...

A weekend Well Spent With Our Mentors

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It was great to see some familiar smiling faces around the Cottage recently when our younger group of year 8...

The Not-So-Sunny Sunshine State

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At the end of October, we traveled to Brisbane to meet a group of 14 indigenous grade five...

Camping at Cumberland

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There’s nothing more exciting than the first official, Cottage offsite camp for our junior REEFies!

The camp begun...

It's the Little Things That Count

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A group of our year 10-12 Mentors took some time out of their school holidays to come and enjoy the...

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Moulamein

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Can you believe it's that time of the year already? That's right, the time when Cottage by the Sea...

Forward Thinking Fundraising

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The rise of digital technology has generated many trends that come and go. For charitable organisations, it has bred...

Double the Kids, Double the Fun!

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Every two years, Cottage by the Sea works in partnership with St Albans Primary School and their staff to...

A Good Dose of Vitamin Sea

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After enduring a very long bus ride in the early hours of Tuesday morning, our Cottage staff was pleased...

Spring has Sprung

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Cottage by the Sea sprang into spring with the help of 18 students from Werribee and Tottenham WELS (Western English...

Cottage by the Outback

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Escaping the winter cold was on the cards for Cottage employees Natalie, Jess, Troy and Linton when they were...

From the Country to the Coast

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Quite often at the Cottage we have children who travel from all over Victoria to participate in our Take-A-Break...

A winter escape!

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Recently, Cottage staff members Sean, Natalie and Troy were lucky enough to spend 5 days soaking up the Brisbane...

REEFies at the Snow

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Is there really a better way to finish off the month of July than by spending two full weeks...

What your donation does

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Many individuals and businesses make donations largely based on their financial situation at the time to determine the donation...

Some words from Caitlyn

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The week began with the older Mentors meeting the younger Mentors for the first time, but that was no...

Winchelsea Winter Warriors

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Our last Take-A-Break camp for the next few weeks (before we head off to the snow with our REEFies), ...

Camping in the great outdoors

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As our first year REEF group have already experienced the joys and comforts of staying at the Cottage, we...

Mentor Madness

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During the first week of the winter holidays we welcomed all of our Mentors, both young and old, to...

Choosing a charity? Go local!

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If you’re a contemporary business and reading this, you are most likely becoming increasingly aware of your corporate social...

Waving goodbye to June

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Cottage by the Sea staff and 25 children from Newcomb Park Primary School celebrated the last week of June...

Having fun is the same in every language!

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For the second occasion this year Cottage by the Sea welcomed a small group of Western English Language School...

What a week with Herne Hill

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A shortened work week (due to the Queens Birthday Long Weekend) doesn't stop the workload and fun for the...

You got a friend in me

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Each year, Bethany reaches out to provide its services to more than 6000 individuals and families experiencing hardship within...

A Long Camp and the Long Walk

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Ending the month of May could not have been any better for staff members Jae, Sean, Troy, Foxy and...

Going down to the Riptide

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It was a very happy hump-day for Cottage as 10 children from Geelong East Primary School joined us for...

Taking a Break with Arbonne

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This week, our Take a Break program welcomed 19 local Geelong kids from Whittington Primary School into the Cottage. ...

In Sydney with the Cathy Freeman Foundation

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In the first week of May, staff members Natalie and Sean flew to Sydney to spend seven working in...

From the City to the Surf with our Mentors!

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During the second week of the school holidays, Cottage by the Sea welcomed back a small group of our...

Saving lives and fighting Bac!

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School holidays have just begun for Victorian school students and for Cottage by the Sea that means we are...

Meet our newest REEF kids!

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This week, Cottage by the Sea welcomed our newest REEF participants who were selected from two separate schools in...

Second Year REEF Camp Out

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Our second year REEF kids visited us for their second camp this year, where they spent 3 days at...

What A Hit!

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On Friday, the 10th of March 2017, Queenscliff Golf Club held their first annual fundraising event in co-operation with...

A Ferry Good Time

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Tuesday morning at the Cottage was a morning like any other. The staff had arrived early to prepare for...

WELS – What an adventure we’ve had!

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The Western English Language Schools consist of co-educational primary and secondary based learning which operates under the government in...

8 Boys, 6 Beaches & 1 Birthday

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Recently, eight young boys connected with the Kyabram Integrated Family Service were selected to participate in a four day...

The Most Fun ‘Yuille’ Ever Have!

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Last week an array of students from, Yuille Park Community College in regional Victoria, stay by the seaside for...

A Long Drive, But A Great Week

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This week we had 24 new friends join us all the way from Mahogany Rise Primary School in Frankston, ...