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Dry July 2021 is proudly supporting :
Look Good Feel Better - Workshops for those with appearance related side-effects of cancer.
Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ - Implementation of Prost-FITT program in multiple locations across NZ for men affected by prostate cancer.
Bowel Cancer NZ - telephone support from a specialist bowel cancer nurse.
PINC & STEEL NZ - helping people affected by cancer through physical rehabilitation

See below stories of how these organisations will utilise the funds raised to help those affected by cancer.

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By participating and raising funds for Dry July, you will be helping fund Prost-FIT classes in eleven different locations, as well as new and upcoming locations across New Zealand

Lisa is a well known, passionate and sought-after fitness trainer, who has recently become a trainer for Prostate Cancer New Zealand's incredible exercise programme, Prost-FIT.

Prost-FIT is a fun exercise class designed specifically for men living with prostate cancer including those recently diagnosed, those receiving treatment, and survivors living with aftereffects from their cancer treatment.

There are a number of benefits that exercise can bring for prostate cancer patients – including reduced fatigue, lowered risk of osteoporosis, increased strength and aerobic fitness. Not only do these classes have physical health benefits, they also support mental health through mindful meditation and the provision of time out to connect with people that understand what you're going through.

By participating and raising funds for #DryJulyNZ, you will be helping fund Prost-FIT classes in eleven different locations, as well as new and upcoming locations across New Zealand. 💙

Read Lisa’s full story here: www.dryjuly.co.nz/2021/lisas-story

Dry July raises funds for Look Good Feel Better NZ's incredible community and online workshops, helping people face cancer with confidence

Last year, 57-year-old mother of two, Bridgit, was given some frightening news amongst Covid-19 and lockdowns – a cancer diagnosis that made her feel more isolated than most in New Zealand.

While the nation stayed at home, she was in hospital having surgery, followed by chemotherapy, and multiple side effects that meant more hospitalisation.

Bridgit soon came across Look Good Feel Better NZ sessions online and thoroughly enjoyed her experience, “It was the first time I've probably really got to talk about my experience and hear other women's experiences"

"It's so life-changing and transformative. And it just makes you feel so good.”

These sessions are free for anyone with any cancer at any stage of treatment, and include tips and tricks to disguise the visible side effects of cancer, while also providing a chance to spend time with people who understand what you are going through.

By participating in Dry July NZ and raising funds, you'll be helping to support Look Good Feel Better NZ's incredible community and online workshops, helping people face cancer with confidence. 💗

By participating in Dry July and raising funds, you will be helping people like John access Pinc & Steel New Zealand's incredible community programs like Paddle On

When John was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, there were no other indicators besides frequently needing to go to the toilet. After surgery and a prostatectomy, they realised that John’s cancer had gone beyond the prostate.

After having to go on a hormone treatment, John was aware that one of the side effects was the depletion of your upper body strength.

After having an initial assessment with one of Pinc & Steel’s physiotherapists, John quickly got involved with Paddle On – a stand up paddle rehabilitation program, for men and woman recovering from all types of cancer.

“Gradually with the support of the physiotherapists and the instructors, I started to discover what I could do - gaining strength, confidence and balance”.

“Paddle On for me was strength, support, fellowship and finding myself as an individual with potential again, rather than a cancer patient”. ❤️

By signing up and raising funds for Dry July, you will be helping to support the care and wellbeing of people like Hope

40-year old mother of two, Hope, was a fit and healthy woman when she found out she had Bowel Cancer. Initially, doctors had said Hope was “too healthy” and “too young” when she first noticed the bleeding.

Hope soon found out that there’s no such thing as “too young” or “too healthy” when it comes to bowel cancer. Living in pain as her symptoms worsened over time, Hope was eventually diagnosed with bowel cancer at the Charity Hospital in Christchurch.

Not long after, Hope and her aunt joined Bowel Cancer New Zealand's online support network - with their first visit to the online forum having a significant impact.

“As I read the stories and comments, I immediately started feeling less alone. I’d go to the support group and hear the real-life stories of those affected by the disease.”

Hope's health battle has taken a mental toll just as much as it has physically, which is why she also applied to Bowel Cancer New Zealand to receive free counselling.

By signing up and raising funds for Dry July, you will be helping to support the care and wellbeing of people like Hope, enabling Bowel Cancer New Zealand to provide these incredible services for people affected by bowel cancer. 💚

Read Hope's full story here: www.dryjuly.co.nz/2021/hopes-story 

Thanks to Dry July, Look Good Feel Better NZ was able to extend the practical advice and tips it offers to its participants

In April we launched 3 new online classes: Managing Hair Loss & Regrowth, Brow Focus and Hand & Nailcare. These classes add to our existing online programme, where we encourage our participants to access as many classes as they wish, whenever they need the advice. They can still attend their local community class too!

We are fortunate to have Grant Betjemann, a professional hairdresser, who has experience helping some of his clients manage the often emotional and traumatic process of losing their hair due to treatment. His is supported by Cheryl, who has experienced hair loss so can share her personal experience and tips during the class.

These classes have proved popular and are helping any one, diagnosed with any cancer, at any stage face it with confidence.


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