Thanks to funding received from the 2017 grants round, a beautiful mural was created by artist Sean Duffell at The Cancer Society Wellington HQ.
Patients, staff and visitors have commented that the mural brightens their day!
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Dry July 2023 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.
Mural brings vibrancy to the community
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.
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!
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.
“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”
“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
Dry July funds applied to Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre - 5 North patient lounge
The patient day room is now in operation . Patients and whanau are delighted and using the area at a level not seen with our old fit out. There are now individual areas where patients can meet with their families, share a meal, watch television, make food/drinks, or just spend time away from their rooms in comfort. The space is warm in the cold and has blinds to provide shade in the sun.
This is due to the great contributions of Dry July participants to whom Dry July and the Centre are extremely grateful