When Wollongong Hospital became a beneficiary of Dry July 2011, hospital staff immediately identified the refurbishment of Alkira Lodge as a priority for funds.
Since then, the lodge - dedicated accommodation for cancer patients and their carers - has undergone a transformation.
The walls have been repainted, floor coverings replaced, flat screen TVs have been installed in patient rooms and lounge areas, and air conditioning units have been installed. New kitchen appliances were purchased, the outdoor floorboards and roofing was replaced, and outdoor furniture purchased.
The lodge is now a much more comfortable place for country NSW cancer patients who need to be close to the hospital for their treatment.