Kiwis who participated in and donated to Dry July this year have collectively raised more than $1.2 million dollars so far, one of the highest in the campaign’s 11 years in Aotearoa.
To date, more than 60,000 Kiwis have taken part in the 31-day challenge to give up alcohol and raise funds for people affected by cancer.
Three local charities will be supported by this year’s funds; Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, Look Good Feel Better, and PINC & STEEL.
Dry July Campaign and Fundraising Manager Ashleigh Oliver says Dry July NZ Trust is grateful for its dedicated participants.
“To raise this amount during a challenging year for many means so much to people affected by cancer and our beneficiaries that deliver programmes and cancer services throughout the country,” she says.
“It’s thanks to these funds that vital cancer support services and practical care can continue for those who need it.
“Whether it’s emotional support, information or practical advice and guidance, these services can make a difficult time, a little easier for Kiwis affected by cancer.”
With funds raised, Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ will retain its specialist service provider to respond to the pressing need for mental health services, as well as its Pros-FIT exercise classes for men.
PINC & STEEL will continue to deliver cancer rehabilitation services to hundreds of New Zealanders who need support in their recovery from cancer treatment.
Look Good Feel Better will continue to innovate its digital offering, allowing more Kiwis to access online classes that help both men and women with cancer to feel a little bit more like themselves through practical support.
Donations are open until the end of August, visit www.dryjuly.co.nz for more information.
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