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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 Western Australia 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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Dry July Grant Program funds 7 additional projects in Western Australia

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

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 WA Grant Program recipients:

Cancer Council Western Australia

• 13 11 20 Information and Support Line, a free, confidential information and support service, available to those affected by or concerned about cancer and works to connect West Australians with relevant support, information and resources

• Establish a new CCWA Cancer Support Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital, to reach more patients and families who need psychosocial support and access to cancer support services

Fiona Stanley Hospital

• Treatment Diaries, allowing patients and their families to track appointments and symptoms, improve communication, knowledge of treatments and encourage questions

SolarisCare Cancer Support Centres

• Continued delivery of services at five centres, including exercise groups, support groups, art therapy and complementary therapies

• Patient information booklets to support cancer patients to make informed and safe choices about the options for managing their cancer journey and the associated symptoms of their disease and treatment

• Complimentary patient comfort packs including organic soaps, lip balms, hair and scalp products and information booklets

• Patient Support Courses including educational resources, one on one counselling, group therapies such as poetry writing, exercise activities, and other resources to assist individuals to cope and adapt to their current situation

For the full list of grant recipients, please visit 

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Dry July funds musical equipment at Charles Gairdner Hospital

Thanks to funding from Dry July for musical equipment, the Music at Charlies initiative was developed at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) in Western Australia to brighten the lives of patients, visitors and staff through the

soothing power of music. Music has a unique link to our emotions so it can be an extremely effective stress management tool for patients whose journey in a hospital environment can sometimes be filled with anxiety, fear and uncertainty. Local voluntary musicians are sourced from the University of Western Australia’s School of Music, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the wider Perth music community to perform at the

lunchtime concerts. The Music at Charlies program is in its second year and

is very much patient centred. As an organisation, SCGH is compassionate

to their patient’s needs and it has been wonderful to see the smiling faces in the audience. The music program has featured a mix of musical and dance genres including Indian classical dance, Aboriginal music as well as local vocalists and choirs singing classical, jazz, musical theatre, soft rock

and other ‘easy listening’ repertoire. Feedback from the audience has been extremely positive, with the program organiser regularly receiving comments such as “a lovely escape from reality”, “the singing was fabulous-I really enjoyed it”, and “an awesome idea to brighten our day”.

One patient who had a life limiting illness was joined by her family to attend one of the musical performances. They had a wonderful time and the family

Were left with happy precious memories when she sadly passed away a few days later.

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Western Australian 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 Western Australia, 5 recipients received funding for projects to assist those affected by cancer.

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

Congratulations to this year’s Grant Program recipients in Western Australia:

• 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

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Support for Patients at Esperance Hospital

Cancer patients at Esperance Hospital will benefit from 2 grants given to Esperance Hospital in 2015:

- a new blanket warming cabinet to warm blankets and heat packs and help make patients more comfortable when experiencing side effects of treatment

- refurbishment of the outdoor patient area, to make this space more welcoming and accessible to patients

Support for Bruce Rock Memorial Hospital

The Dry July Foundation was able to grant funding to Bruce Rock Memorial Hospital in the Wheatbelt region towards 2 projects in the palliative care ward:

- Purchase of a double seat/convertible sofa bed for palliative care patients and their visitors to sleep on

- Installation of of plants, soil and mulch to improve the garden outside the palliative care room