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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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Guide for Mums with Cancer

Having cancer is pretty awful for anyone, but having cancer when you are a Mum is really different. Mummy’s Wish helps families navigate a practical pathway through treatment to help reduce the burden and negative impact on young families. 

Dry July has funded the development of a Guide For Mums With Cancer which will enable Mummy’s Wish to capture all of the valuable knowledge of our Support Coordinators, like Ali, so that our Mums can easily access information when, and in a format, that suits them. The guide will also be an invaluable resource for hospital social workers and cancer care coordinators. The project will be completed and ready to launch in May 2018. 

MEET ALISON 

Alison is one of our dedicated Mummy’s Wish support coordinators. She used to be a nurse and decided to take on a coordinator role because it felt like such a real and direct way of helping people who need it right now

Alison says that many of the mums that she works with simply don’t know how to ask for help and are overwhelmed by the decisions that they have to make in a short space of time. 

“I don't think people know where to start looking for help – or how. Then they speak to a coordinator here, and they know we get it. We understand. We're mums ourselves and we understand some of the challenges that they're facing at the moment - some of the practical, difficult things that they're trying to sort out and deal with. 

So, the family that I spoke to this morning, well, they don't even know where to start looking for childcare for a two-and-a-half-year-old. They've not needed to put the two-and-a-half-year-old into childcare but all of a sudden, you know, mum's going to be having radiotherapy and she's going to need to be at the hospital which is 30 kilometers away, for five days a week for five weeks. She can't take a two-and-a-half-year-old with her, so how's she going to find childcare? I know that I can point her in the right direction and help her through that process.” 

MEET RENEE

On Christmas Eve in 2014, Renee was in hospital after an emergency appendectomy, waiting for her surgeon to discharge her. When the doctor walked into the room she and her husband knew immediately from his face that the news was going to be hard to hear.  

On Christmas day, Renee had to tell her family that she had a very rare form of cancer in her appendix and that she needed to be re-admitted before the day was finished. 

Renee’s children were aged four, six and eight years old. The year ahead for them was going to be confusing and upsetting. Not only was their mummy having to spend lots of time in hospital, when she was home she was too exhausted and nauseous to play with them like before.  

Renee told me that she was very worried about her kids. She asked what support there was to help them process what was happening to their mum. She was given a pamphlet that guided her on how to tell her kids – but nothing practical.  

I am so proud to tell you that one of my team here at Mummy’s Wish was able to step in. Renee told me that she was on her third round of chemo when she spoke with Kylie, a Mummy’s Wish support coordinator. Not only did Mummy’s Wish provide voice recordable Comfort Bears for her children to cuddle whilst she was in hospital, we also provided access to information, resources and other services that were able to help reduce the burden during Renee’s 18 month long battle with cancer. 

“The bears really helped my kids. I just did a simple message like, ‘it's mummy here I'm in hospital right now, but I'll be home soon, love you!’”.  

And even though she was still very unwell the following Christmas, I am delighted to tell you that here in 2018 she is no longer being supported by Mummy’s Wish as she is living cancer free. 

Renee is now one of our much loved volunteers – she works tirelessly because she knows first hand how invaluable support is for mums with cancer. 

Renee’s wish:

"Obviously the thing I want most is a cure for cancer. I am currently cancer free but I know that there are many mums who are facing a more uncertain future. 

Aside from that, I wish we (Mummy’s Wish) could help every single mum that needs us."

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Dry July Foundation Grants from 2017 Campaign have been distributed

We’re delighted to announce the 43 cancer support organisations who are the recipients of this year’s Dry July Foundation Grant Program. The Grant Program is made possible through funds raised during the 2017 Dry July campaign.

Of the 19,000 Dry July participants in 2017, 13,600 chose to directly support the Dry July Foundation, meaning their fundraising was allocated to the Grant Program in their nominated state.

The Dry July Foundation then invited cancer support organisations across Australia to submit applications to benefit from these funds. Each application was capped at $50,000, however organisations can apply for more than one project. We received applications for 118 projects, and with $2 million available in the Grant Program, we were able to fund 95 of these projects.

Congratulations to this year’s Grant Program recipients:

DRY JULY NATIONAL GRANTS 

Look Good Feel Better

- Workshops held nationally across 239 venues for those dealing with the effects of chemotherapy

Prostate Cancer Foundation

- Prostate counselling services for men and their families affected by prostate cancer

Leukaemia Foundation

- Provision of a new 12 seater bus for regional and rural patients to access metropolitan care in Queensland

Redkite

- Career advice service for young adults affected by cancer

Breast Cancer Network Australia

- Information forum for latest treatment and care for those affected by a breast cancer diagnosis


AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY GRANTS

Canberra Hospital

- Radiation Oncology waiting room refurbishment

- ICU Patient support – comfortable patient seating, ipads and palliative care memory boxes

- Cervical dilators for Ovarian cancer patient Comfort


NEW SOUTH WALES GRANTS

Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre – Mount Druitt

- Palliative care refurbishment - Mount Druitt Hospital.

Calvary Mater Hospital Newcastle

- 3D printing for radiation guides, ensuring speed and comfort of fitting.

- Oncology occupational equipment loan program for outpatients.

Cancer Council NSW

- Information support packs for newly diagnosed cancer patients.

- Renovate family accommodation facility in Orange.

- Cancer in the School Community' Information Booklet for NSW Schools.

Central Coast Local Health District

- CoastCanCare Wellness Program

Concord Hospital

- Chemotherapy diaries.

- Cancer survivorship classes

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

- Level 9 North fitout

- Nutritional meal software for patients

- Online meditation program at home.

The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (Westmead Hospital)

- Radiation therapy printed gowns

- Art program at Crown Princess Mary cancer centre.

- Recliner recover chairs in Haematology ward.

- Refresh renovated ward fixtures and furniture on cancer ward.

- Ward equipment that improves patient comfort and treatment, oxygen, observation and ECG machines.

Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

- Wellness Centre Support Programs (Pilates/Yoga, Qi Gong, Thai Chi, Zumba, Nutrition, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy)

- Wall art and ceiling boxes in radiation bunkers

Moruya District Hospital

- Connections, a psychoeducational group

Manning Hospital

- Exercise program for those affected by cancer

Royal North Shore Hospital

- Video with nutrition education and advice

- Water cooler – ice and water during chemotherapy

- Information brochure – communicating good cancer care

St George Hospital

- Beverage bay in chemotherapy day unit facility

- Three new Chemotherapy chairs

- 25 comfortable waiting room chairs

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

- Complimentary therapy treatments for patients experiencing hardship

- Fitout of family quiet room

Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation

- Lounges, seating and wifi in waiting area

Wollongong Hospital

- Renovate reception and waiting area


NORTHERN TERRITORY GRANTS 

Cancer Council NT

- Mens’ cancer health workshops


QUEENSLAND GRANTS

Cancer Council Queensland

- Gluyas Rotary lodge bathroom and laundry refurbishments.

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation

- Chemotherapy chairs for day therapy at Cairns Hospital

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

- Cancer Patient Transport Service

Mater Cancer Care Centre

- Syringe drivers for palliative care patients

The OTIS Foundation

- Additional Queensland retreats for breast cancer patients and their families


SOUTH AUSTRALIA GRANTS

Cancer Council SA

- Flinders Lodge rooms refurbishment

- Greenhill Lodge rooms refurbishment

Cancer Patients Foundation

- Additional Look Good Feel Better courses in South Australia

Flinders Foundation

- Oncology Massage Program in Ward 5G


TASMANIA

Cancer Council Tasmania

- Southern Support Centre specialised support facilities project


VICTORIA

The Alfred

- Sky ceilings in radiotherapy bunkers

Barwon Health

- Exercise Therapy Program

- Vehicle to provide Transport to Treatment for those affected by cancer

Bendigo Health

- Wellness program for cancer patients

Cancer Council Victoria

- Information hubs in regional Victoria

- Program to educate patients and families on the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis.

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research & Wellness Centre

- Oncology massage programs

- Yoga program for cancer patients

- Art and creativity program

- Exercise equipment

Peter MacCullum Cancer Foundation

- Mindfulness program

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

- Scalp cooling machine for those affected by chemotherapy (pictured)


WESTERN AUSTRALIA GRANTS

Cancer Council Western Australia

- Wellness program; yoga, meditation and exercise at Crawford and Milroy patient accommodation lodges.

SolarisCare Cancer Support Centres

- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

- Portable back massage cushions

The OTIS Foundation

- WA beachside retreats for breast cancer patients and their families


(Pictured: Paxman Scalp Cooling Cap, funded at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne)

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Dry July Foundation funding retreats for families affected by breast cancer

The Otis Foundation sources time in holiday homes for the use of families affected by breast cancer. Owners donate the use of their holiday homes and Dry July's funding covers cleaning and linen services incurred in providing access at no charge to the recipients. 

Queensland mother-of-three Heather Lloyd ( pictured with family) said the time she had spent with her family at a Sunshine Coast retreat following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015 was both healing and powerful.

"It was a holiday we could not afford financially after treatment and loss of income, yet it was exactly what we all needed," she said.

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Cancer Support Organisations Receive 2016 Dry July Funds – Projects Approved Totalling $2.9 million.

We’re delighted to announce the 41 recipients of this year’s Dry July Foundation Grant Program as part of the 2016 Dry July campaign.

Of the 16,700 Dry July participants, 12,000 of those gave up alcohol to directly support the Dry July Foundation in 2016, with money raised being allocated to the Grant Program in their state. Cancer support organisations in each state were then invited to submit applications to benefit from these funds.

Applications were capped at $50,000 but organisations could apply for more than one project. We received applications for 139 projects from 51 organisations across Australia, totalling $3.8m. With the $1.7m available from this year’s campaign we’ve awarded funding to 75 projects.

Dry July CEO, Brett Macdonald, says: “We are extremely proud to be able to fund a diverse range of cancer support organisations through the Dry July Foundation Grant Program. The amazing fundraising achievements of our Dry Heroes in 2016 are now making a big difference to the lives to people affected by cancer right across the country.”

Participants for the 2016 campaign totalled 16,700 (raising the campaign total of $3.7 million). 4,700 participants nominated a specific beneficiary organisation (raising $1.5 million), with the remaining 12,000 participants nominating the Dry July Foundation as the beneficiary of their fundraising (raising $2.2 million in funds for the Dry July Foundation). 

After covering the expenses of the 2016 campaign, the remaining funds of $2.9 million have been made available to cancer support organisations in Australia.

The Dry July Foundation will again be raising funds for the Grant Program in 2017 with applications opening in September following a successful fundraising campaign. For further information about the Grant Program in 2017, please contact Dry July on 02 9247 6691.

Congratulations to this year’s Grant Program recipients:

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

• Canberra Hospital

o Multipurpose patient meeting room refurbishment

o 3D patient googles (10) for patient entertainment - See photograph

o New recliner chairs for inpatients

NEW SOUTH WALES

• Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre

o Art & Music Therapy Programs

o Exercise Physiology Program

• Central Coast Local Health District

o CoastCanCare Wellness Program

• Coonabarabran Cancer Support Group

o Palliative care room refurbishment (‘P4P’ project)

• Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

o Arterie Group Workshops

o Arterie Open Studio

o Living Room Lymphoedema Management Program

o Mobile patient entertainment stations

o Volunteer Music Program equipment

• The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (Westmead Hospital)

o Branded secure wheelchairs

o Massage Therapy

o Music system for radiotherapy bunkers

o Newspaper subscriptions

o Pamper packs for patients

o Refrigerators for palliative care rooms

o King single sofa beds for single rooms in the Palliative Care ward

• Fight Cancer Foundation

o Support for Hilltop accommodation centre in Albury

• HammondCare’s Jacaranda Ward (Greenwich Hospital)

o iPads (11) for speech therapy

• Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

o Wellness Centre Support Programs (Pilates/Yoga, Qi Gong, Thai Chi, Zumba, Nutrition, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy)

o Reflected Legacy art therapy program for palliative care patients

• Moruya District Hospital

o Life’s Scrapbook, a narrative life story program for palliative care patients

o Connections, a psychoeducational group

• Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia

o Music Therapy Program at Nepean Cancer Care Services

• The Prostate and Breast Cancer Foundation

o CanCare Patient Navigation Program (partial funding)

• Royal North Shore Hospital

o Activity packs for long-term haematology patients of Ward 8E

o New treatment chairs for the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre

• St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

o Group Programs (Art Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Meditation, Exercise and Nutrition, Lifestyle Education)

o Massage Program

NORTHERN TERRITORY

• Cancer Council NT

o Support for Aboriginal patients staying at Barbara James House in Darwin

o Face to face support for remote patients at Darwin, Alice and Katherine treatment centres

QUEENSLAND

• Bundaberg Health Services Foundation

o Rotary Lodge expansion furnishings

• Cancer Council Queensland

o Charles Wanstall Lodge community games room refurbishment

o Olive McMahon Lodge replacement of linen and bedside lamps

o Olive McMahon Lodge community room development

• Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation

o CADD pumps for patients to receive treatment at home

• Gold Coast Hospital Foundation

o Cancer Patient Transport Service (partial funding)

• Mater Cancer Care Centre

o Music Therapy Program at South Brisbane

o Music Therapy Program at MCCC Springfield

• The OTIS Foundation

o Additional Queensland retreats for breast cancer patients and their families

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

• Cancer Care Centre

o Art Therapy Program supplies

o New chairs for program attendees

o Refurbishment of an additional therapy room

o Vegetarian Cooking Class supplies

o Journey to Wellness course supplies

• Cancer Council SA

o Flinders Lodge rooms refurbishment

o Greenhill Lodge rooms refurbishment

• Cancer Patients Foundation

o Additional Look Good Feel Better courses in South Australia

• Flinders Foundation

o Oncology Massage Program in Ward 5G

TASMANIA

• Cancer Council Tasmania

o Southern Support Centre specialised support facilities project

• North West Regional Cancer Centre

o TV / DVD units for treatment chairs

VICTORIA

• The Alfred

o Refurbishment of patient information and waiting areas in Radiation Oncology

o Refurbishment of young adults with cancer area

• Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre

o Wellness Centre Complementary Therapies

• Barwon Health

o Exercise Therapy Program

o Art Therapy Program

• Bendigo Health

o Hair Loss Prevention System

• Cancer Council Victoria

o Cancer services directory design and production

• Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research & Wellness Centre

o Music Therapy Program

o Clinical Psychology Program

• The OTIS Foundation

o Additional Victorian beachside retreats for breast cancer patients and their families

• Peninsula Health

o Improving the wellbeing of oncology inpatients at Frankston Hospital (free television for patients, massage services, and a comfortable day lounge)

o Cancer Information and Resource Centre development

• St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

o Improving the wellbeing of patients at St Vincent’s Cancer Centre, 6th Floor Oncology and Caritas (fresh flowers, tea service, print subscriptions, pamper packs for patients)

• Wimmera Health Care Group

o Wimmera Cancer Centre entertainment system fit-out (partial funding)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

• Cancer Council Western Australia

o Conversion of Banksia meeting room into accommodation room at Crawford Lodge

o New communal kitchen at Crawford Lodge

• Cancer Patients Foundation

o Additional Look Good Feel Better courses in WA

• Cancer Support WA

o 5 week and 10 week Wellness & Support Courses

o Demonstration kitchen fit-out and equipment to facilitate nutrition courses

• Leukaemia Foundation

o Refurbishment of Leukaemia Foundation accommodation units for Western Australians diagnosed with blood cancer

• SolarisCare Cancer Support Centres

o Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program

o Portable back massage cushions

About Dry July

Dry July is the fundraiser that challenges you to go booze-free for the month to support people affected by cancer. When you’re diagnosed with cancer it’s hard to think about anything other than treating the cancer. Dry July raises money to ease that burden, reduce stress and add a bit of comfort for those affected by cancer. We help to provide things that may not be front-of-mind after a cancer diagnosis; getting to and from an appointment, somewhere to stay near the hospital, Wi-Fi access and mobile phone chargers. We aim to make cancer patients more comfortable and help with the side effects of treatment through services such as complementary therapies, wig libraries and massages, and by providing comfortable and inviting spaces for them to enjoy while undergoing treatment.

In the nine Dry July campaigns to-date, more than 125,000 participants have gone booze-free and collectively raised over $29 million AUD, helping us support more than 50 different cancer services across Australia and New Zealand and fund over 1,200 projects.

For more information please contact:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 02 9247 6691

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Dry July Foundation announces the recipients of the 2015 Grant Program

We’re delighted to announce the 26 recipients of the inaugural Dry July Foundation Grant Program. Funds have been distributed for 62 eligible projects across cancer support organisations nationwide, including the Look Good Feel Better program, state Cancer Councils and regional hospitals such as Geraldton Hospital and North West Regional Hospital, Burnie.

As an additional option to nominating a beneficiary at sign-up, in 2015, DJs were invited for the first time to fundraise for the Dry July Foundation, with money raised being allocated to the Grant Program. Nearly 5,000 DJs chose this option raising over $675,000. Cancer support organisations in their state were then invited to submit applications for eligible projects to benefit from these funds.

Dry July CEO, Brett Macdonald, says: “2015 is the first year we’ve been able to make additional funds available following the fundraising campaign in July. We received a number of interesting applications from a diverse range of cancer support organisations across Australia and were able to distribute grants for many projects across 26 different organisations.

The Dry July Foundation assists cancer support organisations by providing funds to implement projects and programs aimed at improving the wellbeing of adult cancer patients. Examples of projects funded include entertainment systems, accommodation facilities, transportation to treatment, complementary therapy program costs, and improving waiting and treatment area facilities.

Each grant was capped at $30,000 but organisations could apply for more than one project.

The Dry July Foundation will again be raising funds for the Grant Program in 2016 with applications beginning in September. For further information about the Grant Program in 2016, please contact Kate Wilson, Beneficiary Program Manager at Dry July on 02 9247 6691.

Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients:

  • Cancer Patients Foundation and Look Good Feel Better (National)
    • 5 additional Look Good Feel Better Workshops  in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA and WA (pictured above)
  • Canberra Hospital, ACT
    • Oncology Massage Therapy
  • Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre, NSW
    • Care packs for patients
    • Mobile devices which will better enable  care coordinators to respond to individual patient and carer needs
  • Cancer Care Western NSW, Orange
    • Addition of 2 new parking spaces in lodge  car park
  • Central Coast Local Health District, NSW
    • CoastCanCare Wellness Program Expansion
  • Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, NSW
    • Arterie - Artist In Residence Program
  • Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre, NSW
    • Wellness Therapies
    • Reflected Legacy art project for  palliative care patients and families
    • Wellness Garden Giving Program supplies
  • Cancer Council Northern Territory
    • Enhancing the Alice Springs office area  to provide a better meeting space for clients
  • Cancer Council Queensland
    • Air-conditioning 6 guest units at Gluyas  Rotary Lodge Townsville
    • Introduction to Mindfulness half-day  workshops in regional QLD
  • Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation
    • Oneview patient entertainment systems
  • Cancer Care Centre, Adelaide
    • Built in bookcase in activity room
    • Lymphodema treatment equipment
    • Reservio appointment reminder software
    • Vegetarian Cooking Class equipment and  supplies
    • Art Therapy supplies
  • Cancer Council SA
    • ‘Exercise and Cancer’ Program at Cancer  Council lodges in Adelaide
    • Upgrade & refurbish of Cancer Council  Flinders Lodge areas - dining, wait and recreation Room
  • Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, SA
    • Furnishings for entry level patient space
  • North West Regional Hospital, Burnie, TAS
    • Radiation Oncology enhancements - waiting  room furniture, lifting device and recliner chair
  • Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, VIC
    • Food trolley, hand massage therapy and TV  for day unit, artificial plants for wellness unit, fish tank stand for  radiation oncology waiting area, waiting area refurbishments, Christmas tree,  BBQ for accommodation units.
  • Barwon Health, Geelong, VIC
    • Art therapy program and exercise therapy  program on the Baxter 6 Cancer Ward at University Hospital; patient  chemotherapy diaries at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre
  • Bendigo Health, VIC
    • Nolan St Unit Refurbishment
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital, VIC
    • Blanket Warmer
    • Refurbishments in each of 4 Palliative Care rooms
  • St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
    • Fresh flowers and magazines for wards,  patient care pack supplies
  • Albany Hospital, WA
    • Outdoor makeover
  • Bruce Rock Memorial Health Service, WA
    • Sun Room & Garden
  • Cancer Council Western Australia
    • Replacement drapes and carpets in guest rooms at Crawford Lodge
  • Cancer Support WA
    • Library resources upgrade
  • Esperance Hospital, WA
    • Blanket warmer and upgrade to outdoor  patient area
  • Geraldton Hospital, WA
    • Beds to be used on loan for provision of palliative care at home, telehealth facilities to be used with palliative care patients and carers from home, transport buggy for patients at cancer centre

Since 2008, more than 115,000 participants have collectively raised over $24 million, helping Dry July support 56 different cancer services across Australia and New Zealand. This support improves the wellbeing of adult cancer patients by creating better services and environments for them and their families.  

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