Dry July NZ Trust has said ‘thanks a million’ to the thousands of Kiwis who participated in and donated to Dry July this year, collectively raising more than $1.2 million dollars so far, one of the highest in the campaign’s 11 years in Aotearoa.
To date, Dry July has inspired more than 60,000 Kiwis to take part in the 31-day challenge to give up alcohol and raise funds for people affected by cancer.
Three local charities will be supported by this year’s funds; Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, Look Good Feel Better, and PINC & STEEL.
Dry July campaign and fundraising manager Ashleigh Oliver said Dry July NZ Trust is always grateful for its dedicated participants, and although July may have ended, it’s not too late to donate.
“To every one of our participants who have raised funds this year and their friends, family and workmates who have generously donated, we say thank you! To exceed $1 million in funds means this is one of the largest Dry July campaigns in New Zealand to date,” she said.
“To raise this amount during a challenging year for many means so much to people affected by cancer and our beneficiaries that deliver programmes and cancer services throughout the country. It’s thanks to these funds that vital cancer support services and practical care can continue for those who need it.
“Whether it’s emotional support, information or practical advice and guidance, these services can make a difficult time, a little easier for Kiwis affected by cancer.”
Thanks to this year’s funds, Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ will retain its specialist service provider to respond to the pressing need for mental health services, as well as its Pros-FIT exercise classes for men.
PINC & STEEL will continue to deliver cancer rehabilitation services to hundreds of New Zealanders who need support in their recovery from cancer treatment.
Look Good Feel Better will continue to innovate its digital offering, allowing more Kiwis to access online classes that help both men and women with cancer to feel a little bit more like themselves through practical support.
“And just because July is over doesn’t mean you can no longer donate! Donations are open until the end of August. Just visit dryjuly.co.nz for more information,” expressed Oliver.
By donating to Dry July, you can enable continued support for cancer patients, their family, friends, and carers and meet the need for cancer support charities across Aotearoa. Donations remain open throughout August.
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