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Dry July is proudly supporting Look Good Feel Better in 2018.

Look Good Feel Better is 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.

Look Good Feel Better helps people with cancer to look and feel more like their normal selves. The classes include tips, tricks and techniques to help participants recognize the person in the mirror.
Participants take away packs and information to continue to use the techniques they have learnt in their everyday lives – whether it’s to return to work, the school gate pick up, a trip to the grocery store, a special event.

Funds raised through the Dry July New Zealand campaign will enable funding for even more Look Good Feel Better workshops across New Zealand.

Latest Updates

Men's Facilitator Workshop 2018

Look Good Feel Better NZ secured a Dry July grant in 2017 towards running a facilitator training workshop for the Men's Programme (which is also funded by Dry July). The aim was to help educate Facilitators about the Programme, ultimately offering better access to the new LGFB Men's programme across NZ centres for any man, diagnosed with any cancer. Now, all Men's Programme participants will have access to a fully trained, knowledgable, empathetic Facilitator and a consistent programme no matter where in the country they are living or being treated for cancer.

Images from the workshop can be seen here: https://quik.gopro.com/v/F82mvHlaXy/.

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Cancer and Blood Welcome Video

Auckland DHB used funds from Dry July 2016 towards a Cancer and Blood Welcome video designed to give patients and their families peace of mind.

The film takes viewers on a tour of facilities by staff, who answer frequently asked questions by patients about to start medical oncology (including chemotherapy), radiation oncology (including radiation therapy)or haematology services. Patient interviews are also included.

Since 30 January 2018, the video has been featured on the Auckland DHB vimeo channel as well as the following Healthpoint pages:

Auckland DHB Oncology Services

Auckland DHB Radiation Therapy

Auckland DHB Clinical Haematology

All pages have been optimised for search to ensure that ADHB is able to reach as many people as possible who are looking for more information about the services provided.

These three Healthpoint pages receive on average 1000 visits per month (cumulative) by members of the public, and the video is the first thing that visitors see when coming to any of these pages.

The Auckland DHB video link has been viewed more than 180 times since it was published.

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Treatment chairs at Wairau Hospital funded by Dry July

Modelled by our nursing staff, these chairs provide patients with a better and more comfortable treatment experience, and also help the nursing staff provide improved care. The new chairs are height-variable to make it much easier for patients to access them and have a range of other features to make their treatment as comfortable as possible. 

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Waikato Dry July funds - for our patients

Dry July funds at Waikato Cancer Centre have benefited patients and their families.

A quote below from a staff member:

Below is a photo of the first few magazines that have arrived (there will be more!). I have just taken them down to chemo and they were very well received. I also had some more very positive feedback about the flowers so that's great!


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Dry July funds Look Good Feel Better men's program

The program commenced 4th July 2017. The feedback has been extremely positive as we connect with communities introducing the new program.

There is much to be done to really spread the word and help generate an understanding of how the program works, and more importantly, how men will benefit. But we are very happy to have the program rolled out in the early stages and begin helping men face their cancer with more strength and confidence.


Feedback below:

“Many thanks to you and Rachel from New Plymouth for such a wonderful morning with the Men’s “Look Good Feel Strong” programme that was hosted here this morning. It was a huge success! The take home packs were full of goodies and appreciated along with the magazine. Compliments and comments were plentiful” Cancer Society Whangarei (location for launch)

Comments made at launch;

“Best support group ever”

“That was excellent”

“Better than sliced bread”

‘Very valuable’

“Picked up a few clues and learnt some things”

“Feel like a million dollars”

“Now off to lunch in town and am going to glow”

“A lady in the supermarket last week - who I didn't know came up to me and said " excuse me are you the lady who had your photo in the paper contacted to a Men's Cancer workshop?" I said I was. She then said " One of the Men who was at the workshop lived down the road from her and had told her all about it, shown her the photo and article, she wanted to say a special thank you to me for putting it on. The gentleman had told all his neighbours, she said he was very impressed. She promptly gave me a hug and said " thanks" and was on her way. A very special moment, I was walking on air for the rest of the day.” Robin – Volunteer


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