Go dry this July for Cancer Council Victoria

Thursday 23 June, 2016

Thinking about giving up alcohol for a bit? As well as being good for your health, now there's even more incentive with Cancer Council Victoria on board with Dry July as a beneficiary charity for the first time.

Dry July encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of July to raise funds to support people affected by cancer.

By signing up for Dry July and registering to fundraise for Cancer Council Victoria, participants will know they're supporting the 30,500 Victorians diagnosed with cancer each year, while also experiencing an alcohol-free month.

More than 6,000 supporters (Dry Heroes) have already registered for Dry July, with more than $300,000 raised so far for cancer charities, including Cancer Council Victoria.

Funds raised for Cancer Council Victoria will fund four Cancer Information and Support programs, including:

  • A refurbishment to Cancer Council Victoria's Wig Service and Supportive Care Rooms.
    The Wig Service is a program which provides people undergoing cancer treatment the chance to come in and be fitted with a free synthetic wig by an experienced cancer nurse, with an average of 235 patients using the service each year.
  • Delivery of information through educational webinars.
    Webinars provide reliable and useful information by experts on a number of topics. Webinars are a great way to reach all Victorians, and alleviate the impact of barriers of access due to geographic isolation or social circumstance.
  • One stop shop Cancer Services Directory
    A Cancer Services Directory to help patients, their family and friends find practical, emotional and financial support services.
  • Time to talk - counselling services to people affected by cancer
  • Cancer Council Victoria would like to offer a counselling service for people affected by cancer on the Information and Support line 13 11 20. A counselling service by an experienced medical practitioner who specialises in the impact of a cancer diagnosis would be provided free-of-charge to patients and their partners.

Cancer Council Victoria's Head of Support Nicola Quin said people taking part in Dry July would be helping provide vital information and support to Victorians facing cancer.

"Our support services are 100% donor funded, so the more participants who take part in Dry July, the more we can help those Victorians affected by cancer."

As well as raising funds for Cancer Council Victoria, by giving up alcohol for the month of July Dry Heroes will also be doing their health a favour.

"We know that one third of cancers can be prevented by making simple lifestyles choices. By limiting alcohol consumption you can actually reduce your risk of developing seven different types of cancer," Ms Quin said.

Alcohol consumption has been linked to cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, stomach, bowel, liver and female breast.

To participate go to www.dryjuly.com.

Updated: 23 Jun, 2016