About Dry July

Dry July is a fundraiser that challenges you to go alcohol-free and raise funds for New Zealanders affected by cancer.

The funds raised through Dry July will help cancer patients, their families and carers in practical, tangible ways. We aim to improve the comfort, care and wellbeing of people affected by cancer.

Funds raised for Dry July in 2020 will benefit Look Good Feel Better, Bowel Cancer NZ and Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ.

How Does It Work

1. Sign up

Sign-up to the challenge

2. wine bottle and class crossed out

Go alcohol-free in July

3. megaphone

Ask friends and family to sponsor you

4. heart between upturned hands

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 37,000 Kiwis to go dry, raising $5.1 million for people affected by cancer, and funding more than 170 projects for 15 beneficiary organisations across the country.

Register your interest for Dry July 2021