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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 Queensland 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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Six cancer support organisations receive funding from the Dry July Grant Program

We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2018 Dry July Foundation Grant Program in Queensland.

The money for the Grant Program was raised by Dry July 2018 participants, who elected to fundraise for the Dry July Foundation as part of their alcohol-free month.

In October, the Dry July Foundation invited cancer support organisations to apply for a grant. Each grant application was capped at $50,000, however organisations could apply for more than one grant.

Nationally, we received an incredible 171 grant applications from 65 organisations across Australia, totalling over $6.4m. With $4.1m available from this year’s Dry July, we were able to award funding to 138 projects.

Since 2008, the Dry July Foundation has funded more than 1,200 projects for 80 cancer support organisations across Australia.

Congratulations to this year’s Queensland Grant Program recipients:

Bundaberg Heath Services Foundation

• Cancer Patient Transport, providing patients with access to transport to ensure they are able to attend their treatment appointments

Cancer Council Queensland

• Expanding the Transport to Treatment Program into more areas, in order to support more cancer patients across Queensland.

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation

• iSTAT for Mossman Hospital: a blood testing device allowing for accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment, often for injuries or illness at a patient’s bedside/point of care

• Remedial massage chair for Innisfail Hospital to provide comfort to patients who are receiving treatment for a substantial amount of time

• Vital Signs monitor for Atherton Hospital to significantly reduce the disturbance to patients

Mater Cancer Care Centre, Brisbane

• Nature scene wall wraps to enhance the surroundings of the cancer centre and help to lift the spirits of the patients

• Ward 10B Patient Lounge upgrades to give patients and their family members a private, non-clinical space

Mummy's Wish

• National Counselling Program: an online counselling program for mums with cancer and their families, to better manage the impact of her illness on their emotional wellbeing

The Wesley Hospital

• Expanding Complementary Therapy programs to allow more patients to access free therapy services at Choices Cancer Support Centre

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Bundaberg Health Services work on Rotary Lodge is underway

Dry July has granted $10,000 to provide TVs and whitegoods to an additional four bedrooms being added to the Rotary Lodge facility. The accommodation will increase capacity from 5 to 9 bedrooms at the lodge.

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Queensland 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 Queensland, there are 6 recipients undertaking a number of projects funded by Dry July beneficial to those affected by cancer. 

To view the full announcement please click on the link below:

Congratulations to this year’s Grant Program recipients in 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

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New A/C Units at Gluyas Rotary Lodge in Townsville

Gluyas Rotary Lodge in Townsville is one of Cancer Council Queensland’s (CCQ) six accommodation lodges that provide cancer patients and their families/carers with a home-away-from-home during treatment. 

Patients often stay at the lodge for up to six or eight weeks, and require a comfortable living area. 

Dry July Foundation grant funding was recently used to replace the old air-conditioners at the lodge, enabling CCQ to continue offering a comfortable room with quality air temperature control. This is particularly important for patients experiencing the side effects of cancer treatment.

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Mindfulness Programs in Regional Queensland

Evidence from Cancer Council Queensland’s (CCQ) mindfulness research shows that people who receive training in mindfulness skills often experience less anxiety about their diagnosis and are better equipped to manage cancer-related challenges. Dry July Foundation grant funding from 2015 will allow CCQ's Cancer Counselling team to deliver half day mindfulness programs to over 100 participants living in regional and rural Queensland. Many of these people, due to geographical, medical or other reasons, would not have otherwise been able to access these workshops.

UPDATE: As at June 2016, over 80 people had attended these Dry July funded workshops in regions such as Dalby, Roma, Charleville, Kingaroy, Toowoomba, and Maryborough.

When asked 'which aspects of the workshop did you find most helpful?' participants replied: 

- The encouragement of feeling revitalized following the 15 min mediation.  

- Body scanning taking stock of one’s self.

- It was all really good.

- Was to cope and overcome issues of stress/anxiety.

- A way to help deal with my emotions during stressful situations .

- Ways to help me not to worry about everything, so much.

- Open discussion and meeting people.

- The complete program .

- Exercises, meditation and discussing issues with other people in the group.

- I found it all helpful.

- How to help myself unwind.

- All! The practicing of being mindful – breathing eating and stretching exercises. 

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