Choose how long you want to go dry for this July to raise essential funds for cancer support organisation

Phoebe PinKalgoorlie Miner
Chanelle Gericke and Joe McKenzie were grateful for support from the Leukaemia Foundation.
Camera IconChanelle Gericke and Joe McKenzie were grateful for support from the Leukaemia Foundation.

Australians can for the first time go without alcohol for as long or as little as they like during the Dry July fundraiser next month, with one Kalgoorlie-Boulder couple affected by cancer testifying to the importance of the campaign.

Since 2008, Dry July has raised funds to help cancer support organisations such as the Leukaemia Foundation continue to improve patient care, comfort and wellbeing.

Local boilermaker Joe McKenzie, 30, was diagnosed with lymphoma last year and sought support from the Leukaemia Foundation while he underwent months of chemotherapy in Perth.

Partner Chanelle Gericke said the organisation proved to be the “biggest blessing”, providing accommodation and other forms of assistance while Mr McKenzie completed his treatment.

“We had food vouchers and big hampers delivered to us ... it was so wonderful after a big day at hospital to come home to that.

“It made our day over and over again,” she said.

“We stuck all the beautiful notes from the girls (from the Leukaemia Foundation) on the fridge and re-read the positive words to help us through the tough times.”

Dry July Foundation chief executive Brett Macdonald said the not-for-profit organisation had this year opted to make the terms of the fundraiser flexible, with participants able to abstain from alcohol for the whole month, three weeks, two weeks or another period of their choice.

“For the first time in Dry July’s 12-year history, we’re giving Aussies the opportunity to choose how long to go dry for, to help raise much-needed funds for cancer patients and their families,” he said.

“We get it, Aussies have had a really challenging first half of 2020, but what remains unchanged is that people affected by cancer still need our support.

“It is clear that the Aussie spirit has not faltered during this challenging time, and it’s this remarkable spirit that we are counting on to help Dry July Foundation raise vital funds for people affected by cancer.”

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