About Dry July
In July, an average of almost 2,000 New Zealanders will be diagnosed with cancer. No one asks for cancer, so we're asking you to help, and go Dry this July to raise funds for people affected by cancer.
Funds raised through Dry July go towards cancer support organisations across New Zealand, to help improve patient comfort, care and wellbeing.
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!
How Does It Work
1. Sign-up to the challenge
2. Go booze-free in July
3. Ask friends and family to sponsor you
4. Help people affected by cancer
How it all began
You've heard the joke 'Three men walk into a bar...' No, really, that's how the first Dry July started!
In July 2008 in Sydney, Australia, 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 family member affected by cancer, 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. The first Dry July in Australia ended up raising $250,000, thanks to the support of radio host Adam Spencer, and Dry July was well and truly born!
Be a part of Dry July
Since Dry July launched in New Zealand in 2012, the campaign has inspired 23,000 Kiwis to go dry, raising $3.2 million for people affected by cancer, and funding more than 170 projects for 15 beneficiary organisations across the country.