New Dry(ish) July challenge

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Dry July has always been a 31 day challenge to raise funds for people affected by cancer, and this year Dry July NZ Trust has decided to include a few new options to encourage as many people as possible to get involved.

Introducing Dry(ish) July: encouraging the nation to go as dry as they’re willing to try, to fundraise for people affected by cancer.

For this year only, Dry July NZ Trust is giving Kiwis the opportunity to commit to the original 31 day challenge or their new options of 21, or 14 days dry, or to nominate their own time period to take a break from alcohol.

"We get it, Kiwis have had a really challenging first half of 2020. But what remains unchanged is that people affected by cancer still need our support. In fact, they need our support more than ever," says Dry July NZ Trust CEO and Co-Founder Brett Macdonald.

"We need as many people as possible to get involved with Dry July this year. That’s why, for the first time in Dry July NZ’s eight year history, we’re giving Kiwis the opportunity to choose how long to go dry for, to help raise much-needed funds for cancer patients and their families."

Money raised by Dry July participants will help fund the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand (PCFNZ) program, Prost-FIT.

Prost-FIT is an exercise programme designed specifically for men who have had, or are having, ongoing treatment for prostate cancer. Dry July will become an integral partner in providing funding support for the Prost-FIT program.

Dry July NZ Trust will also support Bowel Cancer New Zealand in 2020 - a nationwide, patient-focused charity dedicated to beating bowel cancer.

The Dry July NZ Trust will help to fund a bowel cancer specialist nurse to provide information to those affected by bowel cancer, and will also facilitate access to counselling, physio, remedial massage, accommodation and travel support for those undergoing bowel cancer treatment.

Dry July NZ Trust will also continue to support Look Good Feel Better in 2020 - a charity that provides free, community-based programmes for any person, facing any cancer, at any time.

Look Good Feel Better Classes support cancer patients impacted by the visible and emotional effects of their diagnosis and treatment.

"After a successful 2019 campaign, we’re extremely excited to see how funds raised from Dry July this year can be used to support people affected by cancer in 2020,” says Brett.

“The demand for the programs we support through Dry July fundraising shows just how crucial they are to individuals affected by cancer nationwide.”

To date, Dry July has inspired 37,000 Kiwis to go dry, raising $5.1 million for people affected by cancer in New Zealand.

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