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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Upgrades at Nepean CCC Waiting Area

Nepean Cancer Care Centre used funds from Dry July 2012 to upgrade the facilities in the main waiting area, to compliment the new courtyard renovation (funded by Dry July). This included replacing chairs, installing a new beverage service, bookcase / entertainment area, and aquarium.

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Nepean Cancer Care Centre Courtyard

The NCCC in Penrith recently completed renovation of their courtyard area, funded by Dry July 2011. The outdoor area is a place for cancer patients and their families to get some fresh air away from the busy waiting area.

Complete with plenty of seating, a bubbling fountain, and calming vegetation it is a space in which patients can relax peacefully. Prior to refurbishment patients were not able to access this space.

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Accommodation for Patients in Lismore NSW

Our House offers purpose-built, short term accommodation for cancer patients receiving treatment at the oncology unit at Lismore Base Hospital, and for their families.

Funds from Dry July have paid for fitting out Our House units with almost 100 appliances and pieces of furniture for the rooms, communal kitchens, and lounge and dining areas. Our House opened in December 2012 and is the only service of its kind between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane.

Travelling long distances to receive the right care can be quite hard on the body, and paying standard rates for local accommodation increases the financial burden on patients and their families. In the past patients have chosen not to have treatment because they can’t afford the travel costs or...

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Patient Area Refurbishments

With funds from 2012 Calvary Mater Hospital refurbished their surgical ward patient lounge area.

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Electronic Air Lock Doors for BMT

Dry July funds were used to install electronic air lock doors for ward 5 East (BMT) at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Rigorous infection control measures need to be followed to protect patients in this ward who are highly susceptible to common illnesses.

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Blanket Warming Cabinets

A warm blanket can provide comfort during a patient’s treatment and recovery; they can help to relax patients in a busy hospital setting.

Chris Leon from the Mater Foundation in Brisbane says, “The cabinet is important because we use it not only to warm up blankets, but also to warm up heat packs. The heat packs are used to warm up patient’s veins before they insert a cannula or IV. The heat warms the veins, making them more prominent and ensures that staff won’t miss the vein they are targeting, which in turn, makes it more comfortable and painless for the patient.”

Similar popular purchases include ice machines, coffee machines, and vending machines for oncology wards and waiting areas. It’s relatively small things like these that can...

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Treatment Chairs

Liverpool Hospital has used Dry July funds for new and replacement treatment chairs for the purpose of improving patient comfort.

Some of these chairs include built-in DVD player mounts. Treatment can sometimes take up to 6 hours and a DVD can provide quite a comfort during these long sessions.


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