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Dry July - That’s a Wrap!

Dry July - That’s a Wrap

Dry July 2017 participants have completed their month-long charitable sobriety

The Dry July Foundation can add $380,000 to the $2.8 million raised since its inception, thanks to the month-long sobriety and fund raising efforts of this year’s 4,100 registered participants.

With the booze-free July challenge to raise funds for people affected by cancer now at a close, the Dry July NZ Trust will hold a grant funding round in October. Grant recipients may include small regional hospitals, metropolitan hospitals, and not-for-profit organisations.

Brett Macdonald, Dry July’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who registered, donated and took part in Dry July 2017. Thanks to their dedication and generosity, eligible cancer service organisations across the country will have greater resources to be able to improve patient care and wellbeing.”

“From wellness programs and comfort items to hospital furnishings and equipment, Dry July’s financial contributions aim to ease the burden of people affected by cancer. Dry July is so much more than just giving up alcohol, and we have been so fortunate to have fantastic ambassadors emphasise that message and support us throughout this year’s program,” said Mr Macdonald.

This year’s Dry July ambassadors, who registered for the challenge, were dynamic duo Aaron Gascoigne, ex contestant of My Kitchen Rules NZ, and Gareth Stewart, chef and judge of My Kitchen Rules NZ. Soul Sodas, a proud Kiwi company, were also on board as Dry July New Zealand’s exclusive drinks partner.

Donations remain open throughout August. To access more information for Dry July, visit or follow the conversation on Facebook, or Twitter.


About Dry July

When you're diagnosed with cancer, it’s hard to find the time or energy to think about anything other than treatment. The Dry July NZ Trust exists to help improve this experience. Now entering its sixth year in New Zealand, Dry July challenges Kiwis to go alcohol-free for the month of July to raise funds to reduce stress and add a bit of comfort for those affected by cancer.

Since 2012, the Dry July NZ Trust has raised more than $3 million through the Dry July campaign for cancer support organisations in New Zealand. Funds raised by Dry July participants are distributed via a grants program administered by the Dry July NZ Trust. Some of the projects we’ve funded to-date:

• New chemotherapy treatment chairs
• New patient accommodation and transport vehicles
• Upgraded waiting areas
• Refurbished gardens and balconies
• New TVs, WiFi internet connections, laptops and iPads
• Music and art therapy programs
• Patient journals and wig libraries

For more information or to donate, visit

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