Established in 2000 the OTIS Foundation has been expanding its ability to provided retreat accommodation for women who are facing the challenges of breast cancer.
It is a unique charity which relies on fundraising to build respite housing and support guests and their families who are in need of respite care.
The OTIS Foundation has grown from one residence and now runs close to 40 properties.
One of their most exciting forms of fundraising combines fundraising with travel.
This year the foundation is offering the 2019 Great Wall Adventure, visiting China between October 5 and 13.
The tour will encompass ancient and modern aspects of Beijing, exploring iconic sites like the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven.
In the process of signing up for the tour, travellers are asked to raise vital funds for the OTIS Foundation.
Individuals are expected to raise $3500.
The travel package costs $2850 per individual – subject to change.
This does not include airfares but it is does include accommodation, in twin share 3-star hotels.
OTIS Foundation CEO Lisa Farrar said that initially some people are concerned they may not be able to raise that amount of money, but once they get started they find it much easier than expected.
“We offer participants ideas and guidelines on how to go about the fund-raising,” Ms Farrar said.
“They may organise movie nights or dinner dances.
“Two people who have booked have already raised the money.”
Ms Farrar will also be attending the tour as a representative of the OTIS Foundation.
The tour will be run by a qualified guide from Inspired Adventures.
The walking is classified as challenge grade 3/5 (moderate).
So far, 13 people from across Australia have registered, with organisers hoping for 20 people altogether.
Registration costs $770 (non-refundable) − for further inquiries go to www.otisfoundation.org.au