We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2018 Dry July Foundation Grant Program in Victoria.
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.
In Victoria, we distributed $545,000 of grant funding to 13 organisations.
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 Victorian Grant Program recipients:
Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre
• Continuation of wellness program including massage, yoga, Art Therapy, Financial Counselling, Shiatsu, Mindfulness, Delta Dog visits, Reiki and more
• Vital Signs Monitor to significantly reduce the disturbance to patients
Barwon Health's Andrew Love Cancer Centre, Geelong
• Therapy Programs including exercise therapy, a nutrition program and oncology massage
• Patient Bedside Entertainment System, to ensure the patient has access to the latest technology to watch TV, play games, listen to the radio, order food, send emails, surf the internet and video conference with doctors if needed
• Upgrades to Lucan Street cancer patient accommodation including new lighting and fittings, a new recliners for cancer patients, to make the accommodation more comfortable
Cancer Council Victoria
• ‘Now I can understand’: producing cancer information and support resources in multiple languages for Cancer Council’s most-used information resources including: What is cancer?, Coping with cancer fatigue, Caring for someone with cancer, How we help to support
Eastern Health Cancer Services
• Bedside arm chairs for each room on the Oncology/Haematology Ward at Box Hill Hospital
• Developing and furnishing the family room at the new wellness centre at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC), to provide a dedicated space for the entire family to be a part of diagnosis, treatment and other stages of living with cancer.
Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre (Austin Health)
• Gentle yoga for cancer patients to improve sleep, decrease stress and enhance quality of life
• Creating music memories: using clinical song writing to create songs written by people experiencing cancer with the assistance of music therapists
• Cancer Information and Resource Service to help patients access information related to their diagnosis and prognosis, assists in making treatment decisions to empower them in this process, and accessing support services
• Oncology Massage for cancer patients to reduce pain, fatigue, anxiety, nausea and depression
• LiveWell, a post-treatment group to provide information and help develop practical skills in managing a healthy lifestyle whilst coping with the after effects of their cancer and its treatment
• Patient Support Days to support people affected by pancreatic cancer, from point of diagnosis through to recovery from treatments, to ensure patients are receiving the very best care and information at all stages of their diagnosis and treatment
• Improving patient wellbeing on Ward 5SF at Frankston Hospital through therapeutic massage, to reduce symptoms of cancer treatment such as pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
• Oncology massage and writing master class at the Wellbeing Centre to enhance the support for the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of cancer patients
Royal Melbourne Hospital
• iPads for Head, Neck and Thyroid cancer patients on the ward to exercise their brain after surgery
• Refurbishment 3 West Day Surgery unit to make the waiting are a more calm, comfortable and cosy environment for patients and families who come in for endoscopy procedures
• Purchase of T34 Syringe Pumps which deliver medications continuously to maintain symptom control and comfort in patients who are no longer able to take oral medication
St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
• Additional scalp cooling caps for use with the Scalp Cooling Machine, which decreases the scalp temperature and blood flow to hair follicles, the cooling caps alleviate the damage of chemotherapy
The Alfred, Melbourne
• Patient accommodation for rural and regional patients, providing with ‘hotel style’ accommodation close to the hospital