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The very first Dry July raised $250,000 – how? You’ve heard the joke ‘Three men walk into a bar…’. Well, that’s how the first it started!

In July 2008, three mates, Brett, Kenny and Phil, wanted to take a break from alcohol, so decided to abstain for the month of July, coining it their ‘Dry July’. They also wanted to raise money for a cause very close to their hearts, so they asked friends and family to sponsor them.

Hoping to raise $3,000 to buy a TV for their local hospital’s waiting room, the campaign was a huge success and Dry July was well and truly born!

In 2022 Dry July is a fundraiser that encourages the community to go alcohol-free in July to raise funds for people affected by cancer, providing invaluable services for cancer patients, their families and carers – whether it’s a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment.

Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers! So you’re not only helping others, you’re helping yourself. It’s a win-win!

Our House

Since 2010, the team at Our House Lismore have been going dry for July and directors Dr Chris Ingall and Rebekka Battista will be rallying the community to join them in raising funds for cancer.

To help kick the campaign off, Dry July has reached out to Our House and donated $10,000.

After seeing the March floods, the Dry July team, who have been supporting Lismore for a long time, donated funds to assist cancer patients whose houses had been damaged by floods to stay at Our House during treatment.

Rebekka Battista says we all know this year has been difficult. ‘We are keen to uphold the Dry July tradition and help local cancer patients.

‘I am a Lone Ranger in the Our House team at the moment; it would be great to have some love, support, and some people joining me.

Dry July has played an essential role in funding the Our House facility. It all started in 2010 when ABC North Coast highlighted the Our House project to the Dry July team from Sydney. They were enthusiastically supportive, and Our House became one of the beneficiaries.

Our House is a Guaranteed Beneficiary of Dry July. Twelve years on, and the connection between Dry July and Our House remains strong. Over the years, Dry July funds have replaced bathroom floors, replaced sofa beds and TVs in the 20 rooms.

You can join or support the Our House Team here.

Since the first Dry July in 2008, the Dry July campaign has seen more than 290,000 participants who have collectively raised over $73m helping to support more than 80 cancer support organisations across Australia and New Zealand.

For more information visit: www.dryjuly.com.

* If you feel you need help with alcohol addiction, visit: Alcoholics Anonymous: aa.org.au. or Lifeline: lifeline.org.au.

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  1. I’m not paying you to pause your degeneracy. Just stop being degenerate in the first place.

    • WELL !,
      OK then” Christian” could I interest you in paying for my degeneracy ?
      After all it IS my degeneracy that allows you to revel in your smug illusion of superiority, and I have devoted decades and innumerable dollars in the quest to dull the pain inflicted by wowsers of your ilk. Not only does my tipple feed your pathetic ego, alcohol is a tried and tested medical necessity which enables many to cope with the atrocities of this unfair and unjust country .
      Remember “christian” “better a bottle in front of me , than a frontal lobotomy”
      Cheers, G”)

      • No point Ken old chap. CVS has the Bond villain vibe. A cat stroking evil genius. Best not add accelerant to his flambé.

        • He He He. I literally have a black cat on my lap while reading this.
          In the end times, evil will be held up as good, and good will be denounced as evil. They didn’t have to be oracles to write that, it happens at the end of every empire.

  2. A temporal lobe lobotomy may make you less problematic for the public at large,but let’s come back to that.
    I would guess that I probably am paying for your degenerate habits already, along with Phil’s power bill. I’m sure this is not enough for your ilk, thus you think it’s unfair and unjust. I could imagine if you had to live in some of the countries I’ve seen.
    The Universe judges fitness, if you don’t like my superiority, try changing universes.
    If you need drugs to cope with adversity, may I suggest the youtube channel ‘Pych2go’. It will help you figure out if you need professional help. Soon rather than later, because if you think you are suffering atrocities now, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
    Ethanol is not a medical necessity, it’s a toxin.
    Ego is the Latin word for ‘I’, meaning ones self (pronounce Egg-Oh).


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