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 help local and national cancer support organisations across Australia deliver practical, tangible support services for people affected by cancer.

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

Where the money goes

Male cancer support worker on the phone, smiling
Information and Support Services

McGrath Foundation breast care nurse and a patient
Specialist Cancer Nurses

People lying down on yoga mats in a class
Wellness Programs

Brown chemotherapy chairs in a cancer centre
Cancer Centre Improvements

Cancer Council car outside Cancer Council Tasmania building
Accommodation and Transport

Woman looking in a mirror smiling
Comfort and Support Items


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:

Bowel Cancer Australia logo

Cancer Council logo

Leukaemia Foundation logo

McGrath Foundation logo

Ovarian Cancer Australia logo

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia logo

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

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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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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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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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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