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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 in New South Wales 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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NSW Cancer Support Organisations Receive 2016 Dry July Funds

We have announced the 41 recipients of this year’s Dry July Foundation Grant Program as part of the 2016 Dry July campaign. In NSW, 13 organisations received funding for a wide variety of projects (listed below) to support those with cancer. 

For the full announcement please click on  the link below:

Congratulations to this year’s Grant Program recipients in 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

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Additional Parking for Orange Patients

The Western Care Lodge in Orange NSW offers dedicated accommodation facilities to cancer patients from around the state's western region. Dry July funds in 2013 assisted with completing Stage 2 of the Lodge, which opened an additional wing of rooms and was operating at capacity.

The new wing enabled more guests to utilise the Lodge but with this increased traffic came the realisation that there was insufficient parking, particularly for disabled guests.

The Dry July Foundation awarded a grant in 2015 to Cancer Care Western NSW, which operates the Lodge, for the establishment of two additional car parks. These spots will make it easier for patients who can't walk as far to disembark within 10 metres of their accommodation, and help reduce the stress associated with arriving to find a car park full - for patients and carers who are already dealing with a lot of anxiety.

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Reflected Legacy Palliative Care Program at Liverpool Hospital

Dry July is thrilled to be able to support ‘Reflected Legacy’, a ground breaking arts and health program at Liverpool Hospital. This program received funding from Dry July’s 2015 Grant Program.

Lead by visual artist Flutter Lyon, this project complements the holistic care of cancer patients in palliative care, while enhancing and changing the physical environment for patients, families and staff on the ward.

How the Program Works

Flutter Lyon hosts Pressing Sessions in patient rooms; profound, interactive experiences between the artist and the patient that combine storytelling and art making. Through a series of questions and storytelling exercises Flutter captures the life stories of people in the last days and weeks of their life in unique Ink-Pressing artworks and sound recordings, which are then given to the patient and their family as a gift of art and legacy.

Connection. Insight. Healing.

When we tell our stories, it gives us a way of sharing and reflecting upon the life we are living. Free expression and storytelling in this setting offers a deepened sense of connection to the value and meaning of our individual and shared life experiences.

It can bring comfort, celebration and beauty during a challenging time in our lives, encouraging the recall of memories and key points in our life that we have felt free, joyous, loving and loved, strong and hopeful. By remembering what we have done and seeing the powerful nature of our human experience, it can help empower us to find the strength and bravery we might desire now.

What the Program Does

This powerful experience, when taken into the palliative care space, provides tangible outcomes:

  • -patients report improvements to their mood, pain management, appetite and sleep patterns;
  • families report feeling uplifted and more connected; and
  • staff report new insights into patient care and a greater sense of support and resilience within the ward environment

Who the Project is For

Patients and loved ones engaged in the Palliative Care services at Liverpool Hospital.

This story was originally posted on Flutter Lyon’s Facebook Page

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25 Additional Workshops Across Australia

The Dry July Foundation was pleased to award a grant to the Cancer Patients Foundation and Look Good Feel Better in 2015. 

The funds are being used to offer 5 additional Look Good Feel Better Workshops in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, particularly in regional areas.

Past workshop participants have said of the program:

“As I face the imminent loss of my hair, for most of my life worn long and, so, such a visible and intrinsic part of my femininity, I now feel I can literally ‘put on my happy face’ for the world. So armed, rather than be an object of pity (no hair, cancer victim, poor thing, so sad) with my new make-up, stylish wig and other glamorous head accessories, I can instead visually and powerfully proclaim my warrior stance in my battle against this most insidious disease.”

Catherine, LGFB participant

“I went with trepidation but my doctor said ‘it would be right mate’ and it was… It is sometimes hard for us chaps to speak about our personal needs but you made it practical and common sense.” 

Jeremy, LGFB participant

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Wellness Plant Giving Program at Liverpool Hospital

The Wellness Plant Giving Program is a innovative project that will provide Liverpool Cancer Services patients with a plant symbolising their wellbeing at the end of their treatment, as well as offer fresh produce for the Wellness Centre's cooking courses. The giving program is made possible through a grant award from the Dry July Foundation in 2015, which will be used to purchase all the tools, soil, seedlings and education required to kick-start the program.

Plants will be grown from cuttings and seedlings in a greenhouse in the Wellness Centre (at Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre) in the outdoor area maintained by patients and staff. A Horticulturist will educate patients and staff on how to grow from seedlings, cuttings, fertilizing and gardening tips. A vegetable garden will offer produce for the Centre's the cooking classes.

The aim of the cooking classes is to help carers, including those who may have lost their partner to cancer, patients, and cancer survivors utilise healthier meal plans using fresh produce. This program gives patients and carers opportunity to interact with others, and give back to patients who are finishing their treatment.

UPDATE: since the program launched in June 2016, each patient now receives a plant of wellness on completion or radiotherapy with a little message in each plant, and as of October just over 200 patients have received a plant.

“The garden session was excellent, very practical and notes given were excellent. Phil’s passion motivates me to appreciate my garden. The plus is meeting and communicating with others of like mindedness.”

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