The Otis Foundation's roots are in Bendigo and the return of its popular Golf Day fundraiser is an homage to the foundation's origin.
Hosted by the Bendigo Golf Club in March, the event raises funds for the foundation, who gift retreat accommodation to those experiencing breast cancer.
Recently appointed Otis Foundation chief executive officer Claire Culley has been personally touched by the disease.
"I'm a breast cancer survivor.
"I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 39 years old. I had two massive tumours, 11 lymph nodes involved and had a radical mastectomy.
"I was given two years to live," Ms Culley said.
The return of the golf day continues the close alignment the foundation has with Bendigo, despite its national footprint, according to Ms Culley.
The Otis Foundation is the legacy of the late Judy Burley, a Bendigo woman who lived with breast cancer for seven years, until her passing at 36.
Established in 2000 by Ms Burley's husband Andrew Barling and a group of dedicated supporters, the Otis Foundation welcomed its first retreat guests in 2002 and is named after Ms Burley's dog, Otis.
"The benefit of this being free to those individuals and families is amazing," Ms Culley said.
Men and women at all stages of their breast cancer journey are welcomed by Otis, via GP or breast care nurse referral.
Ms Culley said the gift of anonymous giving is at the foundation's core.
"Last week I had a phone call from a lady in Hervey Bay, who is building a house that will overlook Fraser Island, who wants to gift us that house for 50 weeks a year," Ms Culley said.
Otis' footprint is now nationwide, with accommodation available in all states and territories, but Bendigo is still home.
"I'm stunned by the people I meet in the Bendigo community," Ms Culley said.
"There's such goodwill here for Otis and making sure that we keep those relationships is important."
The 2020 Otis Foundation Golf Day takes place on Sunday, March 1 from 11am to 7pm at the Bendigo Golf Club.
Team entry is $600, with entry and hole sponsorship priced at $2000.
For more information, visit otisfoundation.org.au