The Gumtree Giving Project supports vulnerable people in the Bellarine community who could use a short escape; some peace and quiet; a moment to rest in nature and be taken care of.
In partnership with Feed Me Bellarine, we are gifting overnight stays and meals to locals who otherwise couldn’t access or afford some time away. We are thinking about the homeless; unwell people or their carers; single parents or families down on their luck. These are just examples and no one is excluded.
Please read the FAQs below and then nominate yourself or someone you know in need.
As a fourth generation Ocean Grove family this is our way of giving back to a community and lifestyle that has given us so much.
This is Jacqui, our first guest of the Gumtree Giving Project.
Jacqui is a local artist.
She is also homeless. She has been living in her car for 15 years, ‘her castle’.
She loves her cat Bill, crime shows and Milo.
She had her first bath in years at The Woods.
During her stay she drew this amazing picture of our cabin.
It is our privilege to celebrate Jacqui’s art and her strength.
It can be a single, a couple or a family. The intention is find those people in the community who need some rest and support.
Gumtree Giving focuses on supporting people on the Bellarine Peninsula. We walk past people in the street everyday who are silently suffering – this is who we’re wrapping our arms around.
We will look to share the experience around to all different groups in our community. We will support those who need it most at the time.
Feed Me Bellarine will be closely involved in the selection process.
We want to reach as many local people as we can manage. We hope to host guests on the Gumtree Giving program every month.
One night accommodation in a cabin at The Woods, with a breakfast and dinner hamper provided by Feed Me Bellarine. All amenities and activities are included, such as tennis, firepit and so on. All linen, bathroom products, tea, coffee, milk and pantry staples are provided.
Once selected we will contact you (and/or your nominee) to find a suitable time for their stay. Our cabins are booked out on weekends months ahead, so generally mid-week will make for a sooner and more private stay.
We understand the special bond and in most cases we can make it work. Please add some more detail in your nomination and we can chat further.
We will contact you to advise of the outcome.
Please do! We hope to support as many local people as possible over time.