Sign up for Dry July and support Calvary Mater Newcastle

Newcastle and Hunter residents can raise funds for Calvary

Dry July is the fundraiser that challenges you to go booze-free for a month to support people affected by cancer.

For many years, Calvary Mater Newcastle has been a beneficiary of Dry July with funds raised by kind members of the community going towards the hospital’s oncology services and helping to purchase items of comfort and care for patients and their families.

By fundraising for Calvary Mater Newcastle this year you could help support the hospital purchase some of the following equipment:

  • two Hovermatts
    (a way of transferring oncology patients with more comfort and safety, with reduced skin shear and bruising)
  • an observation machine for the Haematology Day Ward
  • four blood pressure monitors for the Medical Centre and two patient recliner chairs that tilt to provide pressure injury relief.

Cheryl Cooley, Nurse Unit Manager Ward 4B (Surgical), Calvary Mater Newcastle, said,

“Calvary Mater Newcastle is very grateful for the support we receive from Dry Julyers, both individuals and organisations, every year.”

“Thanks to community members’ kindness last year, amongst many items we were able to buy, were three Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) machines for Ward 4B. These machines provide a non-invasive approach to negative pressure wound healing – they promote healing in a contained system that allows free movement for patients. This means that patients who have undergone surgery for cancer, for example removal of melanoma, can have this therapy applied directly after surgery to enhance wound healing and reduce their length of stay in hospital. Patients are then able to be discharged home with community nurse support rather than have extensive stays in hospital.”

Brett Macdonald, Dry July CEO and Co-Founder says, “Australians are increasingly aware of their own health and are looking to make positive changes to their habits. This is why we’re encouraging everyone to sign up for Dry July – not only do you get to make a real difference to people affected by cancer but you’ll also notice your own drinking habits and the value of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.”

Can you go ‘booze-free’ for a month?

Dry July challenges Australians to go booze-free for a month to support people affected by cancer.

Now in its tenth year, Dry July has raised more than $24 million to provide better services and environments for cancer patients and their families and carers.

By signing up to the Dry July challenge and making small improvements to their diet and exercise routine, participants can expect to experience a range of benefits:

  • Weight loss
  • Increased energy levels and higher productivity
  • Better sleep
  • Clearer head and skin
  • No hangovers

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