They would like to thank every brave Dry Julyer and those who are proudly putting their drinking hands in their pockets to show their unwavering support.
The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) has said goodbye to alcohol and hello to raising money for cancer patients at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) as the South Australian beneficiary for the national Dry July program!
2011 marks the third year in a row that THRF has raised funds for cancer care at TQEH through Dry July; a program that encourages people to give up drinking alcohol in the month of July while soliciting donations from friends and family for their efforts.
Last year saw huge success with over 9,500 people going dry across Australia, raising an incredible $2.4 million nationally and more than $64,000 in SA alone.
The funds raised through Dry July were used to improve conditions for patients in the Haematology/Oncology wards at TQEH with refurbishing, furniture, new televisions and web-enabled laptop computers.
The Hospital Research Foundation's CEO, Paul Flynn, says he hopes people will raise their (non-alcoholic) glasses to another Dry July and get on board again this year.
“Improving the ambience and physical environment in the cancer wards makes such a difference to the wellbeing of cancer patients and their families at what is often a very difficult time of their lives,” Mr Flynn said.
“It has such a positive effect on their hospital experience and recovery, and we are thrilled to be able to help provide this.”
THRF is working closely with the hospital's medical and nursing staff to identify the best possible use of the community raised funds for this year’s Dry July program.
THRF Director of Communications, Fiona Smithson, said she’s looking forward to taking on the challenge again this year and showing the rest of Australia THRF's commitment to this worthy cause.
“Last year the program incorporated many fun and quirky fundraising initiatives including the Golden Ticket; a 'free pass' to drink alcohol for the night which was donated to participants by their friends, the Designated Dryver; where participants nominated themselves as chauffer for the night/month in return for donations, and the Head-to-Head challenge undertaken by individuals and teams," said Ms Smithson.
"In 2011 we think the organizers may have a couple more fantastic ideas up their sleeves!" So this July, challenge yourself and say no to alcohol to help raise funds. Update – Tuesday 5 July 2011
The Hospital Research Foundation hopes to deliver more than $100,000 this year.