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Dry July Proudly Supporting Look Good Feel Better

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Dry July is proudly supporting Look Good Feel Better in 2018.

Look Good Feel Better is a charity that provides free, community-based programmes for any person, facing any cancer, at any time.

Look Good Feel Better Classes support cancer patients impacted by the visible and emotional effects of their diagnosis and treatment. The visible and invisible impact can rob patients of their identity. Look Good Feel Better helps to bring a boost, a day away from treatment, an opportunity to connect, and learn techniques to help them feel more like their normal selves.

Look Good Feel Better helps people with cancer to look and feel more like their normal selves. The classes include tips, tricks and techniques to help participants recognize the person in the mirror.
Participants take away packs and information to continue to use the techniques they have learnt in their everyday lives – whether it’s to return to work, the school gate pick up, a trip to the grocery store, a special event.

Funds raised through the Dry July New Zealand campaign will enable funding for even more Look Good Feel Better workshops across New Zealand.

Latest Updates

Entertainment for Young Adult Patients in Waikato

The Dry July Grant Program assisted Waikato Regional Cancer Centre in purchasing a PlayStation and 10 games for the Youth Pad (accessible to young adults undergoing cancer treatment.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist said, "I have had awesome input in to what games to buy and be of benefit whilst an inpatient in M5 – and they have been very thankful for the kind donation of Dry July!

Please find attached some photos of one very very happy boss!"


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Dry July Grant for Waikato Regional Cancer Centre

We’re delighted to announce the 2015 recipient of the Dry July NZ Trust Grant Program. 

Waikato Regional Cancer Centre will use funds to install a sky ceiling in the centre’s linear accelerator room, purchase a uMagic massage chair for patients to use while waiting for treatment (pictured), and a PlayStation 4 system for the centre’s oncology lounge.

As an additional option to nominating a beneficiary at sign-up, in 2015, DJs were invited for the first time to fundraise for the Dry July NZ Trust, with money raised being allocated to the Grant Program. Over 450 DJs chose this option raising over $36,000. 

The Dry July NZ Trust assists cancer support organisations by providing funds to implement projects and programs aimed at improving the wellbeing of cancer patients, their families and carers. Examples of projects funded include entertainment systems, transportation to treatment, information resources, and improving waiting and treatment area facilities.

The Dry July NZ Trust will again be raising funds for the Grant Program in 2016 with applications beginning in September. For further information about the Grant Program in 2016 please contact us at [email protected] 

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Projects at Dunedin Hospital

Southern Blood and Cancer Service will use funds raised by Dry July to create a more family friendly space in the whanau/family room for palliative patients, or for when there are large families caring for their loved ones. Furnishings to be purchased include couches (pull out for family to stay over), trestle table for family meals/celebrations, TV, installation of TV, painting of room, artworks, etc.

Funds will also go towards updating the patient waiting room in Oncology Haematology, by purchasing, for example, new comfortable seating, water filter, TV and electronic system to play either music or DVDs or treatment related information, new painting on the walls, artworks, or privacy screens.

UPDATE: The whanau / family room refurbishments have completed (see 'after' photos below) and hospital staff celebrated the opening of the new room for palliative care patients on 17 October 2016 to much fanfare.

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Refurbishments at Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre

The Cancer Centre is moving forward with plans to refurbish a number of areas using funds from Dry July. This includes waiting rooms, patient day rooms, and multi-purpose rooms. Upgrades will include providing new window coverings to seal in heat and for sun protection, improving privacy, more comfortable seating, computers for patient use, childrens play areas, and new televisions.

Work will commence in the next few months and we look forward to providing updates on these projects as the progress.

Murals for the Christchurch Oncology Day Ward

Canterbury District Health Board will use funds from Dry July to install photo murals for the oncology day ward, reception corridor and lower ground floor radiation department corridor in an effort to make these areas less clinical and more welcoming for patients.

The hospital has previously used funds for murals in the radiotherapy bunkers (including the above) which have been very well received.

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