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.

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Dj17 Refurbishments 500 W
Dj17 Hospital Furnishings 500 W
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LED Lightshows installed at Nepean CCC

On Monday 29 June, Nepean Cancer Care Centre celebrated the completion of their LED lightshow installation. 2 lighting boxes have been installed in the centre’s 2 radiotherapy bunkers to distract and amuse patients during their treatment.

These installations will make a huge difference to patients facing what can be an intimidating treatment experience in the bunkers.
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New Chemotherapy Chairs

Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre used funds from Dry July 2014 to purchase 8 new “lie-flat” powered chemotherapy chairs. Patients receiving chemotherapy treatment need to sit (or lie) in these chairs for up to 6 hours at a time, so these new chairs will help make patients a little more comfortable during their treatment.

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Arts for Health at Calvary Mater Newcastle

Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Mercy Hospice, part of the hospital’s Department of Palliative Care, is a place of care and compassion for patients facing serious illness.

The Fig Tree Program is run in the Hospice and provides an opportunity for palliative care patients to participate in a range of creative activities in a supportive group setting. It has been running for over 18 years and the positive impact it has on both patients and their families and carers, cannot be over stated.

Thanks to recent Dry July funding, the program has been able to enhance its creative offering with the skills and fresh ideas of two Novocastrian artists, Dr Annemarie Murland and Marika Osmotherly, to engage in an ‘Arts for Health’ project.

It has long been...

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SolarisCare Community Garden

Through the support of Dry July, SolarisCare Foundation recently undertook the development of a purpose-built community garden within Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands (WA).

The garden will be an oasis within the hospital setting, providing a safe place for patients and their families to take a break and relax.  

Clinical Haematologist at SCGH, Founder and Medical Director of SolarisCare Foundation, Dr David Joske, said patients needed a tranquil location to cope with their diagnoses and treatment. “There are times patients simply need to get away to take some time out for themselves – this time of solitude and reflection has been proven as effective in enhancing treatment,” Dr Joske said.

SolarisCare Cancer Support Centres are...

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Qigong at Sydney Survivorship Centre

“I have found Medical Qigong easy to pick up & lots of laughs interacting with the others. It is gentle enough not to aggravate existing problems I have and it is helping me to stay active.”

- Concord Cancer Centre patient feedback

Eun Jin Lim, a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) conducts Qigong classes for cancer patients at the Sydney Survivorship Centre (SSC) Cottage. Eun Jin says that cancer and chemotherapy drugs tend to disrupt the normal Qi flow i.e. the blood and body fluids.  “Stabilizing breathing replenishes Qi to be circulated and becomes a fundamental source of promoting health and treating disease”, she quotes Zhuzi, a philosopher from the 1130’s. This 5,000 year old practice which uses...
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Recliner Chairs at Calvary Mater Newcastle

On the purchase of recliner chairs for cancer patients at Calvary Mater Hospital in Newcastle, Lara Riley, Acting Nurse Unit Manager, Ward 4B, said,

“Last year, Ward 4B (Surgical) was fortunate enough to receive funds from Dry July to purchase two patient bedside recliner chairs. These chairs are positioned using a simple lever action and aid patients in a comfortable recovery by facilitating a full recline with legs raised. They are a popular addition to Ward 4B and are used on a daily basis. Both patients and staff are very grateful for this addition to the ward. Thank you!”

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Music and Wellbeing at Concord Cancer Centre

Dr Alan Lem is pictured here with participants of the Dry July funded Music and Wellbeing workshop held at the Sydney Survivorship Cottage at Concord Cancer Centre. During the program, participants play simple rhythms and melodies in the way that offers a rich and fulfilling experience both for the individual and the group as a whole.

Preliminary evaluation indicates that the most successful experiences were (1) singing and (2) particular musical instructions where musical activity was used to address specific physical and psychological faculties, for example movement coordination, levels of arousal, sensory awareness and mindfulness.

To quote one of the participants: “As you adjust to living with cancer, you might be inclined to do other...

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Hospitality and Entertainment Trolleys At the Canberra Hospital

In September 2014 a volunteer program was established to assist patients receiving care in the new Canberra Region Cancer Centre (CRCC). Funds raised through Dry July have enabled the purchase of a new hospitality trolley and entertainment trolley to benefit patients receiving treatment in the CRCC at Canberra Hospital. The trolleys are serviced by CRCC volunteers.

The hospitality trolley provides a welcoming tea and coffee service to patients who find it difficult to be able to access the beverage stations, especially when on their own, as well as providing a homely service with china tea cups and tea and coffee pots. It is available to patients in the Day Therapy Unit, Radiation Oncology and the Patient Clinics.

Volunteers also...

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Patients Talk about Art Therapy at Mater Cancer Care Centre

On Wednesday mornings, a group of women gather in a room at Mater Cancer Care Centre. A trolley is wheeled in, filled with supplies. The woman behind the trolley is not a nurse but an art therapist. Instead of bandages, swabs and rubber gloves, the trolley contains tubes of paint, brushes and pastels. The other women in the room are cancer patients. A Mater Cancer Care Nurse comes in and gives each patient a hug to say hello. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed. Everyone takes a seat and the Art Therapy session begins.

Most of the women in the room are waiting for chemotherapy treatment. The drips cannot be made up ahead of time because the recipient needs to have a blood test first. Sometimes a treatment session can be delayed because the...

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