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.