MUSKOKA - Created to celebrate the beauty of Ontario’s outstanding cottage country by photographer Chris Thwaites, the third annual Don’t Turn Your Back calendar has just announced that all 2012 proceeds will benefit Canada’s only cottage charity, Cottage Dreams.
DON’T TURN YOUR BACK.
Muskoka cottager Sheri Coles poses for the cover of a Cottage Dreams fundraising calendar.
Photo by Chris Thwaites
Each month of the calendar presents a striking image of the back of a naked woman posed in a beautiful Muskoka location.
“Cottage Dreams is an important step in the cancer recovery process and we are very proud to lend our support by way of donating our 2012 calendar proceeds,” said Thwaites. “Celebrating the simple beauty in both nature and that of our models, we hope to sell 3,000 calendars in support of the Cottage Dream families.”
Cottage Dreams founder Seana O’Neill said the charity was created to give those recovering from cancer an opportunity to create happy memories.
“As Canadians, we rent, visit or own cottages because we know time away as a family allows us to relax and create unforgettable memories,” said O’Neill.
The calendar will be on sale at the Fall Cottage Life Show from Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday Nov. 27 at the International Centre in Toronto, or email Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-457-9100.
The calendar costs $15 and 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to Cottage Dreams.
Created in 2003, Cottage Dreams exists to support and celebrate the entire family’s move from patient to survivor. Recognizing that after a long, hard struggle with cancer, survivors are often left physically exhausted, emotionally drained and financially depleted, O’Neill leveraged her own experience to create the only cottage charity, the Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative.
Thanks to the generous donations of Ontario cottage owners, Cottage Dreams sees that empty cottages are leveraged for recent cancer survivors — giving survivors time away at a private, donated cottage to recover, reconnect and rebuild their lives in a natural setting after treatment.
Now in its eighth year the program has placed over 7,800 people in cottages.
For information on the Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative, visit www.cottagedreams.org.