Patron

Welcome to our new Patron

We proudly announce the appointment of our new Patron, Frank Costa OAM. Frank has been involved with the Cottage for many years and throughout this time has gained the opportunity to meet staff, board members and supporters and see firsthand how Cottage by the Sea helps disadvantaged young people.

Amongst Frank’s many personal achievements is being Chairman of the family wholesale fruit and vegetable operations which commenced in 1959 and he has developed the business to where it is today – the largest privately owned grower, packager, marketer, distributor and exporter of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains in the Southern Hemisphere. He has been honoured with an Order of Australia Medal in 1997 for his services to youth and the community and in 2003 Frank was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Governor-General for contributions to Australian society.

Frank is deeply honoured to have been invited to take on the role as Patron of Cottage by the Sea, following the retirement of Cathy Freeman. Cathy is a wonderful person and has been a tremendous ambassador for the Cottage for the past 10 years. Hard shoes/runners to fill indeed!

From our retiring Patron

It is with a heavy heart I am announcing my retirement as Patron and saying goodbye after 10 years in the role and almost 15 years of visiting the children at Queenscliff. I value the friendships I have formed with staff and with the many children I have met who have participated in Cottage by the Sea programs.

In the year 2000 I was introduced to the Cottage and saw for myself what they were achieving with children in need. I remain inspired by their wonderful work and it has been such a privilege to represent the Cottage over this last decade. Now with growing demands on my time from my own charity, the Cathy Freeman Foundation, as well as my growing young family, l feel the time is right to retire and pass on the baton.

We are extremely grateful to Cathy for all the support she has given us over the last decade and the inspiration she has been to the thousands of young people attending Cottage by the Sea.