About Dry July
Dry July is a fundraiser that challenges you to go alcohol-free and raise funds for people affected by cancer.
Funds raised for Dry July will benefit Look Good Feel Better, 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. The visible and invisible impact can rob patients of their identity. Look Good Feel Better helps to bring a boost, a day away from treatment, an opportunity to connect, and learn techniques to help them feel more like their normal selves. Read more about Look Good Feel Better...
As well as fundraising for an important cause, having a Dry July 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.