Go Dry this July and support cancer services

Monday 3 July, 2017

Cancer Council Victoria is on board again as a beneficiary charity of Dry July, which will help provide support services to more than 31,000 people in Victoria who are diagnosed with cancer each year.

It's time for Victorians to register for the campaign, as July has arrived! By signing up, participants will give up alcohol for the month of July and can raise funds to help Cancer Council Victoria to help fight cancer.

As well as raising funds for Cancer Council Victoria, by giving up alcohol for the month of July, Dry Heroes will also be improving their health. 1 in 3 Victorians will develop cancer by the age of 75 and there is growing evidence linking alcohol consumption to cancer.

There are many benefits to giving up alcohol including weight loss, improved sleep and reduced risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, stomach, bowel, liver and female breast.

Proceeds from Dry July 2016 enabled improvements to support services at Cancer Council Victoria such as the production of an updated version of the Cancer Services guide and a full refurbishment of the wig room.

More than 5,500 supporters (Dry Heroes) have already registered for Dry July this year, and $260,000 has been raised so far for cancer charities, including Cancer Council Victoria.

Funds donated to Cancer Council Victoria this year will help support programs such as:

  • Time to Talk: this is a telephone counselling service and will provide those living with cancer with information, support and guidance
  • Increasing relevant and up-to-date information and support via information display for visitors to Cancer Council Victoria offices and regional facilities.

Cancer Council Victoria's Head of Cancer Information and Support Service Meg Chiswell said people taking part in Dry July would be helping provide vital information and support so that people do not have to face cancer alone.

"Our support services are 100% donor funded, so the more participants who take part in Dry July, the more we can help Victorians deal with the everyday effects of cancer."

"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 Chiswell said.

"Dry July is about more than just giving up alcohol, you can really become healthier in the process!"

To participate or to get more information visit www.dryjuly.com.

Updated: 03 Jul, 2017