Helping people affected by cancer

Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of our Dry July participants every year, the Dry July Foundation is able to fund projects and programs that improve the comfort and wellbeing of people affected by cancer.

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

Where the money goes

Dj17 Wellness Programs 500 W
Dj17 Comfort Items 500 W
Dj17 Transport Services 500 W
Dj17 Accommodation Projects 500 W

Dj17 Information Resources 500 W
Dj17 Refurbishments 500 W
Dj17 Hospital Furnishings 500 W
Dj17 Entertainment Items 500 W

Organisations we support

The Dry July Foundation is proud to support numerous cancer organisations across Australia. Some of the organisations who benefit from our fundraising include:

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

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Parking and Transport for Mater Patients

The Mater Comprehensive Cancer Centre is using funds from Dry July to reinstall a boom gate on level 0 of the Hancock St parking lot, which will reserve 92 parking spaces for cancer patients, and for a transport buggy.

A golf cart is also being purchased and will be driven by volunteers, transfering patients and their carers to an area where they can then be escorted easily to the waiting area at MCCC.

This service will to help relieve the extra stress of finding a car park during peak times, and provide a safe and valuable service to patients who have mobility constraints.

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Cairns Hospital purchase specialised electric beds

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation used funds from Dry July to purchase VersaCare and Care Assist beds for the Cancer Care Ward. The specialised electric beds prevent patient falls, have a microclimate control for cooling which relives heat generated after treatments, nurse alarms should a patient leave their bed at night, easy grip handles, stand assist and turn assist features and superior pressure redistribution which all support patient comfort.

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Amaroo Oncology Ward Garden

The Prince of Wales Hospital opened a new balcony for cancer patients today, the Amaroo Garden (Amaroo means ‘beautiful place’ in a local Aboriginal dialect). Randwick Mayor, Councillor Tony Bowen, accompanied by Dry July Co-Founder Brett Macdonald, Patron Adam Spencer and Ambassador Roy Billing cut the ribbon, welcoming patients to the brand new outdoor space at the Parkes 4 East cancer ward, finished with plants and seating.

Amaroo Garden will provide a space for patients and their families to retreat from the busy hospital environment and perhaps find a little time to relax in the shade.

The balcony was completely funded by Dry July and all the participants who went 'dry’ during the month of July in 2011; previously, patients did not...

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Remote Patient Video Conferencing

Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) is using funds from Dry July to install a video conferencing system that will enable clinical staff to hold consultations with patients who would otherwise need to travel long distances. In remote and regional areas, for example, patients sometimes travel in excess of 200kms round-trip to attend a 15 minute appointment; this system would save them some of that travel time and associated stress.

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Free WiFi for St George and Sutherland Hospital Patients

Dry July funds have been used to install WiFi in the waiting rooms of Cancer Care Centre at St George Hospital, Oncology Day Clinic at Sutherland Hospital and Bezzina House (Cancer Care Lodge) at St George Hospital. Now patients can browse the internet free of charge while receiving treatment at the hospitals.

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Computers, Printers, Tablets & WiFi

Dry July funds allowed Cancer Council Western Australia to purchase Skype-enabled computers and printers for guests to use at their dedicated cancer patient accommodation lodges. Funds also went towards the purchase of tablets and WiFi to enable guests to communicate with family from the comfort and privacy of their own rooms.

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Liverpool Cancer Wellness Centre

Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre at Liverpool Hospital used funds raised by Dry July 2012 to fit out a new wellness centre.The centre offers a friendly, supportive environment that provides a relaxed non-clinical area for patients and carers in the South Western Sydney district.

The centre comprises an indoor and outdoor kitchen, beauty room, physiotherapy room, wig library and patient resource library. Services offered include support and education groups, information sessions, occupational therapy assessment clinics, exercise classes, psychology and social work clinics.

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iPads for Patient Use at Northern Sydney Cancer Centre

What a hit these have been with our patients! Hundreds of hours of treatment are given in our cancer centre each year, and this last year our patients have been thankful for the opportunity to read, watch videos and stay in touch with their loved ones while receiving treatment.

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Chemotherapy Diaries for Barwon Health

Dry July is proud to have funded a pilot at Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre in Geelong for patient chemotherapy diaries.

These booklets contain in depth information on chemotherapy treatment for patients at the centre, as well as key contact information, and individual record keeping pages - so they can travel with patients for quick reference.

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