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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

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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Improving the Family Area at Grey Hospital

Canterbury District Health Board has used Dry July funds towards improving the family area in the chemotherapy treatment ward at Grey Hospital. Purchased items include:

- La-z-boy chair for waiting family members 

- Coffee machine and pods

- Microwave oven

- Toys

- Newspaper subscription

- Display stand

- 4x iPad Air 2 tablets for patients and waiting family members

- 4x Panasonic headphones for iPads

- 4x Chambray covers for iPads

Help for Nelson Cancer Patients

Dry July funds have been used towards supporting the Chemotherapy Suite and Whanau kitchen for the Nelson Oncology Service, through the installation of:

- Artwork 

- Sienna Vinyl Couch                                          

- Dishwasher - Single dish draw

- Refrigerator

All of which is aimed at making patients at Canterbury DHB a little more comfortable.

Improving Access To Information

Auckland District Health Board will use Dry July 2015 donations towards development of a range of cancer pathway-specific information including pamphlets, posters and online materials to empower cancer patients. Consumers will be involved in the development of these materials which will also be translated into different languages to increase understanding of and access to services.

Although a good deal of information is already available for patients, it is primarily in very clinical language. The aim of this project is to speak to cancer patients in layman’s terms and inform them of important options available to them during their treatment.

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