Cancer Support Organisations Receive 2016 Dry July Funds – Projects Approved Totalling $1.7 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 $1.7 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:


• Canberra Hospital

o Multipurpose patient meeting room refurbishment

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

o New recliner chairs for inpatients


• 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


• 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


• 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


• 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


• Cancer Council Tasmania

o Southern Support Centre specialised support facilities project

• North West Regional Cancer Centre

o TV / DVD units for treatment chairs


• 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)


• 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

Dry July Foundation

$7,170,609.12 raised

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