Three offers of free land for a new Otis retreat near Bendigo is a truly heartwarming response to the foundation’s plea for help.
Bendigo builder Paul Gray has donated his time and expertise to construct the new Otis retreat in memory of his wife Kerri who died of breast cancer in 2011. Now we have three people responding to Paul’s generosity by offering up a parcel of land for the retreat.
Otis foundation general manager Kristen Simpson revealed people have also offered goods and services for the new retreat.
Such generosity should ensure this new retreat is built and that will help so many people in the years ahead.
Otis has established 14 retreats across Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales since 2000.
A comment by David Bowen posted on the Bendigo Advertiser website about the story on the free land offers to Otis serves as a reminder to why this project and the foundation are so special.
Mr Bowen wrote: “Although my beautiful wife has lost her fight with breast cancer, I hope organisations help and continue to support a fantastic organisation called Otis.
“Having had the opportunity to stay at the Strathfieldsaye units it was extremely calming to awake to the birds singing and simply chill out being away from hospitals and doctors offices for just a week – it was so refreshing and relaxing to be able to watch the sun rise and set in beautiful settings.
“Such small things mean so much now as these small memories mean so little to most, but to our family they will always be treasured. Thank you Otis and thank you to the supporters of Otis, keep up the fine work.”
Beautifully said... thank you, Mr Bowen.