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You can make a difference to people affected by cancer by supporting the Dry July Foundation. Money raised will go to organisations across Australia which offer cancer support and treatment services. Funds are awarded following a grant application round in late October each year. Grant recipients may include small regional hospitals, metropolitan hospitals, and not-for-profit organisations. For more information please email [email protected]

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Dry July Foundation funds 45 projects from October Grant Round

We’re so happy to announce the recipients of Dry July Foundation funding from the 2020 October Grant Round.

We received 117 applications totaling just under $3 million. With $915,000 available, we were able to fund 45 projects across 33 organisations. Here are the successful applicants and the projects they will be delivering…

National Organisations

Leukaemia Foundation

• Leukaemia Foundation Blood Cancer Support Coordinators - additional award

- The Leukaemia Foundations (LF) Blood Cancer Support Coordinators (BCSCs) ensure support is provided to those living with blood cancer when they need it the most, no matter where they are.

Bowel Cancer Australia

• Part-funding of the Bowel Care Nurse Program

- Providing nationwide telenursing and nutritional support for patients and loved ones through the charity’s Helpline and Peer-to-Peer Support Network.

Breast Cancer Network Australia

• Living with Breast Cancer Podcast Series

- Empowering breast cancer patients to listen to topics relevant to their diagnosis and or interest where and when it suits them.


• Dream Maker

- Making dreams come true for adult cancer patients who are living with metastatic cancer

Groundswell Project

• Creative Legacy Program

- Creative Legacy is an award winning arts and health program that connects people and their families receiving palliative care with professional artists to create personalised, meaningful artworks.

Melanoma Institute 

• Early detection of lymphoedema for cancer patients

Purchase of equipment (bioimpedance spectroscopy and lymphscanner) used in the early detection of lymphedema.

Mummy's Wish

• Care Packs for Mums with Cancer and their young children

- These care packs are posted to all mums registered with Mummy’s Wish to help prepare and support them and their families as mum goes through treatment for cancer.

Pancare Foundation

• The Upper GI Cancer Video Resources

- Helping to begin phase one of a range of accessible and easy to understand animated videos which help to clearly explain cancer-related information.

PINC&STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Foundation

• PINC&STEEL Classes Project

- A specialised cancer rehabilitation / oncology exercise group course (10-weeks) designed to address the multiple health needs of people who are affected by cancer. Each Pinc&Steel Group class incorporates elements of yoga, Pilates, and cardio training to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. Pinc&Steel will also offer online classes.

The OTIS Foundation

• Breast Cancer Retreats

- Provide retreat accommodation to as many people experiencing breast cancer, so that they may temporarily escape the psychological and emotional challenges that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis.


• Production of Resource document for Australians newly diagnosed with advanced melanoma

- Assists patients and their families to better understand their diagnosis of Stage III or IV Melanoma (referred to above as advanced melanoma). The resource will provide critical, evidence-based, high quality information that will help them cope as well as possible after receiving a difficult diagnosis.

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NORO)

• Music Therapy

- Engaging patients in music based experiences to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and promote physical rehabilitation.


Bankstown Cancer Centre

• 3 Projects

- Creating Wellbeing Environments – Artwork for the Cancer Centre

- Wellness Through Massage – complimentary oncology massage

- Comfort with a Cuppa – refreshments for patients and their carers

Cancer Wellness Support

• Purchase of a Lymph Scanner

- Helping with the early intervention and detection of lymphedema, The Lymph Scanner equipment will move between the Penrith and Leura Wellness Centres and will assist the staff at both facilities manage lymphedema; a chronic condition among cancer clients.

Concord Cancer Centre

• Sydney Cancer Survivorship Centre Courses

- Helping cancer survivors and their carers achieve and maintain maximal physical and mental well-being, courses include Yoga, Massage Therapy, Qigong, Pilates, Music and Art Therapy, Scrap Booking, Line Dancing and a Laughter Workshop

Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

• Continuation of the Creative Legacy Program in the Palliative Care ward

- Creative Legacy is an award winning arts and health program that connects people and their families receiving palliative care with professional artists to create personalised, meaningful artworks.

• 2020 Supportive Care Programs

- Integrated oncology programs provide supportive therapies for patients who are on treatment, or who have just completed treatment. Such programs as oncology massage, acupuncture and yoga can help patients though their treatment regime by alleviating side effects and improving outcomes. All the supportive oncology programs are evidence-based for best outcome for the patient.

NICM Health Research Institute

• Supportive Care Program

- Massage, Acupuncture, Tai Chi and Yoga for People with Cancer from Lower Socio-Economic Backgrounds

Our House

• Refurbishing the lounges at the Our House accommodation which accommodates over 1,000 people a year.

Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick

• Reproductive Survivorship Care for AYA and Adult Cancer

- To address the need for psychological support for cancer patients regarding reproductive concerns, a nurse-led reproductive survivorship cancer service will be made available for patients attending the Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital.

Royal North Shore Hospital

• NSCC Day Treatment

- Purchase of new chemotherapy treatment chairs for the Chemotherapy Day Treatment Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Shoalhaven Cancer Centre

• Tumour Specific Patient Education Booklets

- A new tool for patient education, bound and with tab referencing so that sections are easily identifiable.

- Designed to ease anxiety and improve education by providing a thorough take home resource, locally developed and referenced and specifically related to the relevant tumour.

Sutherland Hospital

• Equipment to distract patients during treatment

- 10 x iPads/tablets, Wi-Fi, games, kindles, colouring activities to suit all ages

Westmead Hospital

• Facility refurbishments and hospital equipment

- Provide Niki t34 Pumps and portable oxygen concentrators for cancer patients so that they can visit their families and friends at home while undergoing treatment, Apple music subscription for patients and artworks and floral arrangements improvements in the waiting areas.


Flinders Foundation  

• Arts in Health at the Flinders Cancer Wellness Centre

- Expanding the therapy-based and therapeutic arts in health cancer wellness program within the Flinders Cancer Wellness Centre to include music and dance therapy, as well as continuing with art therapy sessions in 2021.

Kyabram District Health

• Exercise Physiology for People Living with Cancer

- Physical activity and exercise have a positive role in reducing cancer risk, decreasing treatment side effects, improving recovery after diagnosis and enhancing survival. This funding will help provide an exercise physiologist to run the program.

Northern Health

• Equipment upgrades for Cancers Services at Northern Health

- Replacement of chemotherapy chairs in the cancer centre. These chairs provide state of the art comfort and will recline into resus mode when needed.

The Alfred, Melbourne

• Patient accommodation for Rural and Regional

- Continued funding for patient accommodation, providing ‘hotel-style’ accommodation for rural and regional patients on 7East Ward. This relieves financial strain on patients and their families.

Western Health

• BreastWest: providing best care for women with breast cancer

- Care Packs for every person undergoing treatment for breast cancer at Western Health. Each personal care pack includes a number of items that have been selected in response to the kinds of things that patients have found useful in their day to day life whilst undergoing treatment


• Education and Career Support Program in Victoria and Tasmania

- Canteen’s Education and Career Support Program (ECS) supports young people (YP) who have had a life altering diagnosis of cancer return to study or work, following their treatment. Canteen's ECS team help YP recognise their strengths and provides guidance to them on training, education and career opportunities that will support them to meet their goals.


Mater Cancer Care Centre, Brisbane

• Mindful wellbeing through cancer treatment and beyond

- 3 x 8-week mindfulness sessions per year for cancer patients at Mater Cancer Care Centre to improve wellbeing for people affected by cancer.

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

• Paxman Scalp Cooling Machine

- Purchase a Paxman Scalp Cooling System for the Oncology Department at Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) for the prevention of hair loss for patients undergoing chemotherapy


Lyell McEwin Hospital

• Improving comfort and quality of care for chemotherapy patients in Northern Adelaide

- Replacement of chemotherapy chairs within the cancer centre. This will ensure that patients are able to continue receiving the very best quality of care.



• Education and Career Support Program in Victoria and Tasmania

- Canteen’s Education and Career Support Program (ECS) supports young people (YP) who have had a life altering diagnosis of cancer return to study or work, following their treatment. Canteen's ECS team help YP recognise their strengths and provides guidance to them on training, education and career opportunities that will support them to meet their goals.

Pictured: NORO Music Therapist, Oliver O'Reilly 

Dry July Foundation Grant funding supports Northern Health purchase important comfort items for patients

Thanks to funds raised by Dry July 2019, Northern Health has been able to purchase their first Scalp Cooling Machine for Northern Health’s Craigieburn Centre – Day Oncology Unit.

The scalp cooling cap reduces the risk of hair loss during chemotherapy. By decreasing the scalp temperature and blood flow to hair follicles, the cooling caps alleviate the damage of chemotherapy.

They were also thrilled to have received funding for a Blanket Warmer to help patients feel warm and comfortable during their treatments. Kerry visits the centre fortnightly for treatment and reaches out for a warm blanket. “A warm blanket is comforting and helps with the aches and pains. When the blanket goes cold, there is always another warm one in the blanket warmer machine,” she said.

Dry July Foundation Grant funding supports Cancer Council NSW Transport 2 Treatment service

A grant made by Dry July Foundation is making a difference to people affected by cancer in Northern New South Wales. 

Warren Britten, Volunteer Transport Coordinator, said: ‘Thanks to the Dry July campaign and the invaluable donation of a new car to be used in both the Ballina and Byron Bay Shires. In the first five weeks of operation, the car has already travelled just under 5,000 kms! We have a dozen or so dedicated volunteer drivers who give up much of their free time to enable this service to operate five days a week. Without the volunteers and continued support and sponsorship of Dry July Foundation none of this would have been possible. Many thanks to the supporters of the Dry July campaign from all of us to all of you.

Donna Barnes, from St Vincent’s Oncology Unit, stated, on behalf of Harry and Irene Weller (who have used the service): ‘Thank you again and the Wellers wanted to express their appreciation for the wonderful service. They were very impressed! They even got to come up in a brand-new car! So, thank you.’

Finally, Bronwyn Sevenoaks, a patient, also commented: ‘The service has been wonderful, thank you for giving me great volunteer drivers, they have been amazing’.

“The Thing About Cancer” podcast series was funded by a grant from Dry July Foundation in 2018

By taking part in Dry July, you help people like Esther. Esther is one of seven people in Australian history to develop a tumour from a molar pregnancy. It happened in 2015, and was an extremely difficult time for her as she had just lost her father as well as her baby. She is incredibly supportive of Cancer Council NSW’s “The Thing About Cancer” podcast series as they provided her with the support she needed to cope and communicate her situation to her loved ones.

Esther's story

“In 2015, I had a molar pregnancy that turned into tumour. I think there’s only 7 other people who have had this in Australia.  

Around the time of diagnosis, I had just lost my dad and now obviously, the baby. The hormones I had at the time meant the feelings were magnified by about 500%. I had to put my chemo off to speak at my fathers funeral. Everything was blended together, so I’m not sure it was just the tumor making me feel this way. 

One thing I wished I did earlier was listen to “The Thing About Cancer” podcast, which was produced by Cancer Council NSW and funded by Dry July. I also wish I’d made my family and friends listen to the podcast on speaking to a family member about their cancer. It would’ve made it a lot easier for me to manage those relationships during treatment. I always recommend people listen to that podcast series. I’ve been speaking to a lot of people recently at my daughter’s new school, and have found so many people find it hard to speak to someone going through treatment. The podcasts were my friend during that time and gave me someone or something to listen to.  

The podcasts were so great because you could just listen to them and do other things at the same time. I had my husband listen them and the man’s voice in the ‘sex’ episode really helped us reconnect on that level, and understand each other’s position. I connected with them as they provided the information that I needed to hear. I wasn’t alone and my feelings weren’t unusual. I was crying and laughing, and you can’t do that while reading. The podcast medium is great for this information as it caters for that time restriction and lack of energy which is so common with people going through cancer treatment. 

If I were to give advice to someone going through my situation, I would honestly say, listen to the podcasts by Cancer Council. They make everything better, you can dish them out to the people around you that need to hear it. It’s so nice, to have someone finally say that this is usual and this is normal. It gave me an avenue to communicate what I felt without actually having to say it, or offending those I love the most.  

Recently, my partner and I were finally given permission to try for more babies. So we’re very excited, it’s been a long time coming.” 

Dry July funds help OTIS Foundation to provide Breast Cancer Retreats

We're pleased to announce that the Dry July Foundation has awarded a grant to OTIS Foundation to help provide additional Breast Cancer Retreats to people experiencing breast cancer.

The OTIS Foundation provides retreat accommodation at no cost to anyone dealing with the challenges of breast cancer. They currently provide properties in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Each stay provides guests with time out to relax, reconnect and regroup. Friends, family and partners are also welcome.

Each year, OTIS Foundation make close to 3,500 nights retreat accommodation available at no cost to families dealing with the challenges of breast cancer.

Their aim is to provide the gift of time and space in an environment that allows guests to relax, reconnect and take a break away with loved ones in the hope it will reduce the psychological impacts of the disease. They match their guests with available accommodation retreats, suitable to their needs.

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