2012 has turned out to be the biggest year for Dry July so far, particularly in the ACT. Thanks to the dedication of 558 Canberrans, a cheque for $124,218 was presented to the Canberra Hospital on Monday 10th September. The top fundraiser in the ACT and 9th ranked nationally, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, proudly accepted the cheque on behalf of the Canberra Hospital. The Chief Minister herself raised $8,800 to help the lives of adults living with Cancer.
"I would like to sincerely thank the Dry July team for this significant $124,218 contribution that we will use to make the Canberra Hospital Oncology Department less clinical and more comfortable for patients.
"This funding will provide the Capital Region Cancer Service with the necessary resources to meet growing demand into the future," the Chief Minister concluded.
Co-founder of Dry July, Brett Macdonald, visited Canberra to present the cheque and to thank all those that participated in Dry July.
"Dry July is a light-hearted approach to raising funds for a serious issue, it's no easy challenge to undertake, but the far reaching benefits are reason enough to stay dry. We are overwhelmed by the participation and generosity of the Australian public," Mr Macdonald said.
"The team are very excited to see the new Canberra Region Cancer Centre building commence. This new centre will improve cancer treatment by integrating services, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, haematology, immunology, and research and teaching programs within a single five-storey building on the Canberra Hospital campus."
Click here to read more about previous Dry July’s and how the funds have been used to benefit patients with Cancer at the Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the participants and supporters of this year’s Dry July.
If you would like to be involved in Dry July 2013, please contact us to find out more information.