Dry July is a fundraiser that encourages Australians to go alcohol free for 31 days in July. The funds raised go towards those affected by cancer, providing invaluable services for cancer patients, their families and carers.

Are you going dry this July? Our home doctor experts at House Call Doctor have some more information for you.

What is the Dry July Foundation?

The Dry July Foundation is a registered charity that aims to raise funds for people affected by cancer. The first Dry July campaign was in 2008 and since then, the Foundation has raised more than $49-million for people affected by cancer.

Where does the money go?

Each Dry July participant can choose whether to raise funds for one of the beneficiaries or raise funds directly for Dry July Foundation. The funds raised for beneficiaries are distributed to cancer organisations across Australia that provide support services to cancer patients, their families and carers. Funds raised for the Dry July Foundation go towards an annual Grant Program where cancer organisations can apply for funding for projects that improve the care and comfort of people affected by cancer.

The funds distributed to beneficiaries go towards programs and services that benefit those affected by cancer, such as:

  • Wellness programs
  • Transport services
  • Accommodation
  • Comfort items
  • Entertainment items
  • Facility refurbishments
  • Hospital equipment
  • Information resources.

How to get involved?

Visit https://www.dryjuly.com and sign-up to the challenge. You can choose 31, 21 or 14 days to go alcohol-free in July. Then, ask your family and friends to sponsor you by donating and you can also donate to yourself. There are plenty of resources on the website to help you raise funds. The Health Hub on the website provides other content on fitness, life and non-alcoholic beverage recipes to help you through the month.