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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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Transport Services for Cancer Patients

The Cancer Society of New Zealand will use funds raised by Dry July 2015 towards the provision of patient transport services by CSNZ divisions across the country.

Local Artwork for Northland DHB’s Cancer Centre

Northland DHB is using Dry July donations to purchase art work for their new cancer centre waiting area, as feedback from patients/whanau has been that the building is too clinical and has no colour to brighten it up. NDHB is working with the KohuKohu Village Arts Trust to engage local artists to submit art work in regards to cancer experiences/journeys.

Quiet Room for Waitemata Patients

Waitemata DHB is using funds from Dry July to create a private, quiet space where patients and their family/whanau can go for a conversation often about receiving bad news related to a cancer diagnosis.

The DHB has received feedback that often a cancer diagnosis is made in four bedded rooms where there is a lack of privacy due not having dedicated spaces in the hospital for these types of conversations. The quiet room will offer a space for this. It will be appropriately furnished and be family focussed. It will be housed in a part of the hospital dedicated to relieving suffering and where spiritual support is available if needed. Patients will have the option to stay in the room with their family/whanau as necessary.

Upgrading the Waiting Area at Middlemore Hospital

Feedback from patients who frequent the current cancer waiting area at Middlemore Hospital is that it could be improved to be less sterile and more engaging. Counties Manukau DHB intends to upgrade furniture and create a more welcoming environment in this area using Dry July funds. CMDHB will also create and distribute new cancer patient information material to be available in this area.

Making a Difference to Canterbury Patients

Canterbury DHB is using Dry July funds to make patients at Christchurch Hospital a little more comfortable. Projects in the pipeline include:

- Exercise treadmills and bicycles for the bone marrow transplant unit family room

- Patient information system in the radiotherapy waiting area

- Maori and Pasifika artwork and magazines for Christchurch Hospital oncology ward

- iPod Touch for young adult radiotherapy patients

- Video walkthrough of the radiotherapy department to help patients to feel less anxious about their initial visits for treatment

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