Go dry to aid cancer fight

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter

While we may have been hit with some wet and wild weather recently, residents across the Harvey and Waroona shires are being encouraged to go dry this July.

Dry July is a fundraiser challenging people to go without alcohol for a month to support the wellbeing of people living with cancer.

Cancer Council WA regional education officer Shenae Norris said committing to Dry July was not only a great way to improve health but also raise money for an important cause.

“This year’s funds raised in support of Cancer Council through Dry July will go towards our 13 11 20 information and support line,” Ms Norris said.

“13 11 20 is a confidential service run by experienced cancer support professionals and is available to those affected by or concerned about cancer.

“The service connects Australians with relevant support, information and resources to help them through their cancer journey.”

Over the past five years Cancer Council WA has received more than $1.2 million from the Dry July initiative, which has helped local cancer patients travel or move to the city for treatment.

“These funds have been used to improve the facilities at Crawford Lodge and Milroy Lodge which provide short-term accommodation for South West cancer patients and their carers who need to relocate to Perth for their cancer treatment,” Ms Norris said.

While Dry July could result in a range of health benefits for participants, Ms Norris warned against switching alcohol for sugary drinks.

She also encouraged people to continue their efforts past July.

“It’s estimated that around 3 per cent of all cancers diagnosed in Australia each year are due to alcohol use,” Ms Norris said.

“Going dry for July is a great opportunity to look at how you can reduce your overall alcohol consumption.

“If you choose to drink, limit your intake to a maximum of two drinks a day and make sure you have alcohol-free days.”

Anyone wanting to go dry this July can sign up at www.dryjuly.com/cancercouncil

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