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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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