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Australian Children’s Charities

Cottage by the Sea is a non-government, not-for-profit registered charity that provides inspiration, fun and opportunities for disadvantaged young people in a positive, healthy, seaside environment.  Our vision is that every child deserves a happy and a healthy life.

We offer children and young people Inspiration, Fun and Opportunity through diverse programs offered in a wide range of environments. During their camp experience, we provide opportunities for building positive relationships with peers and adult role models to help participants learn and grow. Whatever the program, Take a Break, REEF or Mentor, participants are encouraged to have fun, take risks and explore options in a safe and supportive setting. We seek to assist young people to develop self-awareness, confidence and resilience, inspiring them to remain engaged in education, family and their community and to achieve their goals.

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Ambassador Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone is proud to be an Ambassador for Cottage by the Sea. We are one of his three chosen charities.

Listen to his message below about how you can provide an experience of a lifetime for a child in need.

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Ambassador Jimmy Bartel

Jimmy Bartel is currently Vice Captain of the Geelong Cats and has a long list of accolades and achievements. He is a triple premiership player, a Brownlow MedallistNorm Smith Medallist, and a two-time All-Australian.

Jimmy Bartel is a proud Ambassador and supporter of Cottage by the Sea.

Listen to his message here.

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Cottage by the Sea 125th anniversary

2015 will mark the 125th anniversary of Cottage by the Sea in Queenscliff, so keep an eye out for our organisations celebrations!

In preparation for this milestone we are collecting and collating images, stories, memorabilia, notes, etc about our rich history.

So if you and/or any of your friends or family have anything to add to our story we would love to hear from you.

Our AGM in October, 2014, will start 15 months of celebrations.

Colour the Cottage

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In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Cottage by the Sea, one of Australia’s oldest children’s charities, a large scale refurbishment is underway. This is an enormous feat, as there are very few funds available, requiring a huge combined effort between the Cottage by the Sea community, small businesses, local trades persons, mums and dads, and members of the public who have all stepped up to volunteer time and goods to make the refurbishment start to happen.

Cottage Appeal

Listen to the story of Cottage by the Sea and find out how you can help bring inspiration, fun and opportunity into the lives of disadvantaged children.

Cottage by the Sea has been located in the same magnificent location in Queenscliff for almost 125 years. We originally catered for convalescing children, evolving over time to now provide fun-filled programs for children marginalised for a wide range of reasons.

You can donate now to help us continue to give kids an experience of a lifetime!