How We Help

When you’re diagnosed with cancer, it’s hard to find the time or energy to think about anything other than treating the cancer. Dry July raises money to ease that burden, reduce stress and add a bit of comfort for those affected by cancer.

Everything we fund is to benefit the cancer patient and their families and carers. We aim to make a difficult time, a little easier for those affected by cancer.

To see the full list of cancer support organisations we fund, please click here.

Increasing Consumer Knowledge in the NT

People impacted by cancer in the NT have no other access to independent advice or support. Cancer Council NT aims to give communities unbiased evidence based information so people have the ability to make informed decisions that are the right ones for them.

Unfortunately many remote Aboriginal people don’t understand what cancer is or the treatments that are offered.   

CCNT plans to use funds raised through Dry July this year to pilot an education program involving travel to communities and talking to small groups or one on one with people about cancer and the treatments and options that are available. Working with the existing health systems in communities / regions, CCNT will set up a program of education directed at...

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Custom CT Scanner Artwork

Nepean Cancer Care Centre used funds from Dry July 2015 to improve patient comfort in the clinic rooms, including installing custom artwork on a CT scanner.

Having tests during a cancer diagnosis and treatment can be overwhelming and this artwork is intended to offer a less clinical environment for patients.

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Programs at Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre

Dry July 2016 funding will support 3 programs at ONJCWRC:

- Making Meaning Through Music (music therapy groups for people with cancer and for carers). Funding will support 4 x 8 week sessions over a 12 month period, with 12 people in each session. Music therapy provides a safe way for people experiencing cancer to explore and express difficult emotions. 

- Mindfulness Based Street Reduction for People Experiencing Cancer. Mindful meditation practices are run in a supportive small group environment by an experienced accredited teacher. Practices include body awareness, gentle movement and mind training.  

- Horticultural Therapy Program. Horticultural therapy is a process of using plants and garden related activities to assist...

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Continuing the Oncology Massage Program

Flinders Foundation will use Dry July 2016 funding to extend the Flinders Infusion Suite (FIS) in-chair Oncology Massage Program to run for the entire year of 2017.

The program currently operates two hours a day, five days per week.

Flinders Foundation started this program in 2013 within the Flinders Infusion Suite in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) and it has proven to be extremely popular with patients and staff. Since its inception there has been a growing evidence-base for the role of oncology massage for effectively managing physical and psychological symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment.

An experienced Oncology Massage Therapist attends the FCIC Infusion Suite to offer free 20 minute hand and foot...

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7 East Patient Kitchen at The Alfred

The patient kitchen in ward 7 East at The Alfred was recently renovated using funds from Dry July 2015.

The upgrade included installation of a duel water filter tap which provides filtered cold water and boiling water from a unit above the sink; adding more storage; building a shelf for the ice machine; including a shelf for the microwave to free up bench space; and fitting out an area for bin storage. Patients spend a lot of time on the ward and these simple upgrades to the kitchen area will make the space a little more welcoming and usable - now more than one person can use the kitchen at the same time!

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CoastCanCare Upcoming Programs

CoastCanCare is a supportive program for adults on the Central Coast living with cancer. The program's goal is to address the needs of patients and incorporates care domains in nutrition, psychosocial care, physical therapy, speech pathology, care coordination, and access to complementary therapies such as Music, Art Therapies. Dry July 2016 funds will continue to support CoastCanCare.

Currently scheduled programs include: 4 x 8 week Practical exercise classes, “Your Next Step to Wellness”; 3 x 6 week “Project Wellness” courses; 2 x “Staying Positive” workshops; and 2 x “Self-Care” workshops – facilitated by Quest for Life. 

The program has recently released outcomes from its first 18 months, wherein it provided 250 hours of...

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Patient Arthur Cranston on CCQ's Interlodge Transport Service

Funds raised from Dry July directly benefits thousands of Queenslanders impacted by cancer. 

Last year, your funds helped Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ) offer an Interlodge Transport Service to regional cancer patients staying at our accommodation lodges in Cairns, Townsville, South Brisbane, and Herston.  

The free service transports patients and their carers from our lodges to local treatment facilities, as well as to and from airports and major transit centres.

Each year our Interlodge Transport Service provides more than 10,000 patient and carer transport trips, helping to ease some of the financial burden that comes with a cancer diagnosis. 

Rockhampton local Arthur Cranston was one of many Queenslanders who used the...

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Hand Massage Program

Arbonne Independent Consultant, Virginia Rogers, visits Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre each week to provide free hand massage to patients in the BRICC Chemotherapy Day Unit. Virginia has been providing the weekly service since January 2016, thanks to the generous support of a grant from the Dry July Foundation. 

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A welcome helping hand

Kerry Briggs remembers well the first time she stepped into the Infusion Unit at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) for treatment.

“I was overwhelmed. I didn’t know what to expect and I was frightened,” she recalls.

Four years down the track, the young mum of two still receives regular treatment in the FCIC – and still occasionally feels daunted.

“There’s the anxiety of not knowing what’s going to happen – not just in the long-term, but also how your body will react to each individual treatment.” On top of that, Kerry says boredom, loneliness and frustration can set in – particularly while treatments run for a few hours.

Working on this feedback, the FMC Foundation in conjunction with oncology massage therapist Karen...

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