The Dry July Foundation is proud to announce a partnership with five of Australia’s biggest cancer charities.
The partnerships, with cancer charities based across the country, strengthen Dry July’s core purpose of supporting people affected by cancer. The beneficiaries will receive donations from the fundraising activities of Dry July participants.
Since 2008, Dry July has raised over $30 million in the last 10 years and has helped fund over 1,000 projects, including 198 facility upgrades, 179 therapy and wellness programs, wig libraries and chemotherapy scalp cooling machines.
In 2018, the new partners are The Leukaemia Foundation and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which join Look Good Feel Better, Cancer Council NSW and Cancer Council WA as new major benefactors. Dry July participants can sign up to the challenge and select one of these charities as the main recipient of their Dry July fundraising.
The projects being funded are:
• Leukaemia Foundation - helping more than 750 families from regional Australia by providing free accommodation in capital cities, for people living with blood cancer during their treatment. Dry July funding will ensure the Leukaemia Foundation accommodation facilities across the country are comfortable and a homely place for patients, while also providing all the specialised care they need.
• Look Good Feel Better - funding workshops dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment, empowering them to face their cancer with confidence. Dry July funding supports the delivery of 300 patient workshops nationally.
• Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia - supporting Australian men with life changing assistance from a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse, who are there to help patients with any health and emotional challenges during (and after) their treatment. Dry July funding will mean that more men and their families get expert nursing support on their prostate cancer journey.
• Cancer Council NSW – Dry July will contribute towards the purchase and installation of new air conditioning units and sun shades at the Lilier Lodge patient accommodation in Wagga Wagga. Lilier Lodge provided over 6000 nights of accommodation for cancer patients in the local community in the past year, and hot summers and cool winters mean the air con units are well-loved and in need of an upgrade.
• Cancer Council WA - Dry July funding will go towards the 13 11 20 support line service for the WA community. A confidential cancer information and support phone line run by experienced Cancer Nurses connecting WA to resources and services.
Dry July CEO, Brett MacDonald said "Reaching our 10th anniversary is an incredible milestone, we’ve helped fund many important projects over the years, and now by partnering with five of the biggest cancer charities in Australia, we can do even more to make the lives of cancer patients and their families a little more comfortable during a difficult time.”