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Dry July 2024 is proudly supporting : • Look Good Feel Better - Ensures any person facing cancer can access free, practical programmes to help them face cancer with confidence. • PINC & STEEL NZ - Supports people in their recovery from cancer treatment through their rehabilitation and exercise programmes. • Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ - Provides support services for men and their families affected by prostate cancer, including a freephone information line, a free counselling service, a nationwide network of support groups and Prost-FIT classes. See below stories of how these organisations will utilise the funds raised to help those affected by cancer.

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Your incredible Dry July fundraising is supporting Look Good Feel Better NZ's confidence classes and workshops

Thanks to you, Look Good Feel Better NZ is helping empower cancer patients through confidence classes and workshops, available anywhere and anytime.

Look Good Feel Better NZ's diverse range of programmes provide accessible opportunities to learn tips and tricks to help disguise the visible side effects of cancer, as well as providing an opportunity to connect with others for mutual support. Access in-person community classes and live online confidence classes, or podcasts and on-demand videos, available online 24/7.

Thanks to you, Dry July is supporting the continuation of PINC&STEEL's Cancer Rehabilitation programmes

With the support from the funds raised during Dry July, PINC & STEEL will amplify their reach and enable them to guarantee more support to anyone suffering the side effects of cancer treatment.

PINC & STEEL’s fully funded programmes now run throughout Aotearoa from Kerikeri in Northland to Invercargill in Southland. Through better access to PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapists, more New Zealanders can restore, rebuild and reclaim a better quality of life.

Dry July funds will help Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ continue to enhance the physical wellbeing of men affected by prostate cancer

Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of our Dry Julyers, Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand will continue their Prost-FIT classes and will be expanding to more locations, helping people access support when they need it most.

Prost-FIT classes are run by specially trained exercise professionals across 12 regions in New Zealand, Prost-FIT is designed for men living with prostate cancer, at any stage of their diagnosis, and helps to improve physical wellbeing.

Thanks to your incredible fundraising in 2021, LGFB can continue to help people face cancer with confidence through their diverse services

LGFG is a very helpful programme covering various different topics and allowing people to access from all around NZ... And done with so much compassion and warmth - thank you very much to all our 2021 participants! 

Look Good Feel Better’s mission is for any person, facing any cancer, anywhere in New Zealand, to be enabled to access our range of practical and informative programmes, helping them to face their cancer with more confidence. We have now evolved our programmes to ensure that any day, and every day someone diagnosed with cancer can gain access to information, tips, and techniques to help with the impact of their cancer.

In 2021, there were over 200 community and online classes put on. Early 2021 we had community classes planned in 41 centres and 4 online classes. With over 100 days locked down and the inability to safely deliver in person classes we converted our mix of delivery from 159 community and 48 online classes, to 129 community and 76 online. This meant that all but two classes that were planned were made up through the new online offerings. Our weekly average of bookings remains as high (and even higher most weeks) as pre-covid times.

There were over 2,600 engagements with the Look Good Feel Better programmes in 2021. The stop-start nature of the year meant the team were constantly evolving the classes to ensure that every person facing cancer could continue to access our free programmes.

Alongside our community classes, we now offer seven other programmes. Thanks to the support of Dry July, new programmes were able to be developed, trialled and made available to any person facing cancer.

In 2021 we continued our Q&A series, which has been overwhelmingly supported.

In addition, we introduced the confidence kits which were sent to women who were disappointed not to be able to attend a local class due to COVID settings and were too unwell or didn’t have the technology to join our online classes. Some simple tools that allowed them to still have that feel better moment.

New programme content, and the ability to be available anywhere, any time and any day to all people facing cancer was made possible with the support of Dry July funding. It allows us to try new ways to meet the needs of people already isolated due to their diagnosis. And this access means they can always get that uplifting, confidence boost, along with the tips and tools to help manage the impact of their cancer.

The programme developed in 2021 from our community in person classes in forty-one centres and four online classes since 2020 to over eight sessions available to anyone diagnosed with cancer.

Our programme at the end of 2021 now includes seven different guided live online sessions on: 

o Skincare and make up

o Brows – what you might need to remember

o Scarf tying and headwear

o Nails and hand care

o Managing hair loss and regrowth

o The men’s series - speaker series online

o Q&A session – open to people to meet the experts and answer your questions on topics

Dry July’s 2021 funding has enabled PINC & STEEL to continue reducing barriers and connecting more people with cancer across Aotearoa with a better every day

The 2021 Dry July funding has already benefited hundreds of New Zealanders who needed support in their recovery from cancer treatment. The impact of cancer treatment affects every aspect of a person’s life and the COVID pandemic has only made their experience more challenging.

Despite COVID, the restrictions and the risks, we have been proud to see our Certified Cancer Rehab Physios continue to show resilience and determination to offer safe and much needed oncology rehabilitative support to their communities. During this time our Dry July partnership has meant that we’ve been able to adapt and deliver our programs and continue to offer a better every day for anyone with cancer.

With Dry July funding we have:

• Increased the number of Paddle On Programs running in the community. Being outdoors and on the water has meant people with cancer have still been able to access the physical and mental benefits these sessions offer, whilst also aligning with the necessary COVID rules and guidelines. The Paddle On feedback has been excellent. Most participants referring to the uplifting nature of being able to truly connect with others in a safe environment, spending time in nature and being supported by cancer rehab trained Physiotherapists.

• As COVID restrictions varied in different regions we were able to continue to offer safe, PINC&STEEL therapist lead, face to face group Next Steps classes. We also supported our cancer rehab Physios to continue Next Steps Programs online when it has been necessary, or when participants have chosen it to be their preferred option due to increased risks. Again, the feedback has reflected the importance of being able to continue to attend group oncology sessions, to keep moving, and to be in touch with cancer rehab physiotherapists.

Alongside the pivots required for service provision during the pandemic, Dry July funding has played a major part in ensuring that people without insurance, people struggling to work during cancer treatment, those living in low socioeconomic households, and those impacted by healthcare inequity have still been able to access the cancer rehabilitation they need.

Dry July’s funding support has meant that PINC & STEEL has been able to continue to reduce barriers and connect more people with cancer across Aotearoa with a better every day.

I have never thought of myself as athletic, so I had to be persuaded to try Paddleboarding. In the beginning I was nervous but under kind and professional guidance I found an inner strength that I didn’t know possessed. I feel strong, I feel balanced, and the energy and joy I get from being on the water carries through into the rest of my life. I feel empowered by my newfound ability and that I have finally found a new way of being. I am eternally grateful that I was able to take part.” Sue, Paddle On participant 

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