Dry July’s mission is to directly benefit adult cancer patients with real and tangible change. We will achieve this by providing organisations with funds to create better environments and support networks for patients and their families.
Dry July also aims to make people aware of their own drinking habits and the value of a balanced, healthy lifestyle.
The beneficiaries of the Dry July fundraising are direct treatment oncology units in each State and Territory plus some research foundations i.e. this is not just about cancer “awareness”.
The fundraising runs off a sponsorship model which you can sign up for as either an individual or a team, and the official Dry July website has its own social network and special add-ons to generate more sponsorship excitement, like Head to Head challenges for fundraising against a friend, colleague or family member; Golden Tickets, where you donate extra $ to have a designated night back on the booze for a special occasion; and Designated Dryver nights, where you commit to being the chauffeur for some of your still-drinking friends in return for their donations.
I know that I do drink more than I should. I drink 20-22 units of alcohol a week instead of the recommended Australian maximum of 2 units per day/14 units per week – I stick to 2 most nights, but a couple of nights a week I indulge in significantly more. I need to have more zero alcohol units days, and ideally only one night a week where I enjoy a blowout. I know that if I averaged more like 10 units as week, the occasional heavier booze week wouldn’t be a big deal.
So I’m hoping that Dry July resets my booze habits to a healthier level. I haven’t signed up yet, because I’m waiting to see whether I should start a team or not based on responses here (or email, if you’d rather), If people don’t want to join the team, I’ll be very happy with some sponsorships!