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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.

Latest Updates

Amenities at Wellington Blood And Cancer Centre

Previously, patients at the cancer centre had access to tea and coffee using only polystyrene cups. Patient feedback showed that the taste of polystyrene can be unpleasant while on chemotherapy/radiation therapy. The centre has used Dry July funds to produce ceramic mugs for patients to use instead.

The service also used funds to develop colouring books / workbooks for use during family counselling meetings where adults diagnosed with cancer have young children.

Recording Stories for Loved Ones

Patients in the palliative care unit at Wellington Cancer and Blood Service now have access to video and camera equipment to record their stories for and with loved ones. The equipment was purchased with funds from Dry July 2013.

Patient Care Packs

Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre is now able to offer care packs to inpatients who may find themselves suddenly admitted without bringing along any personal hygeine items. The packs contain: toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, shampoo, etc.

Packs are also available to relatives who are called in unexpectedly to stay overnight with cancer patients.

iPads for Canterbury Chemotherapy Patients

Patients receiving chemotherapy at Christchurch Hospital will now be able to borrow iPads to use while sitting and having their treatment. The iPads offer patients some entertainment and distraction to help pass the time.

New Chemotherapy Chairs at Christchurch Hospital

Canterbury Regional Cancer and Haematology Service will purchase 12 new chemotherapy chairs with funds from Dry July 2013.

The existing chairs were donated to the oncology day ward and not purpose built. The new chairs will greatly improve patient comfort. Patients spend up to 6 hours at a time sitting in these chairs while receiving treatment.