We have 10 new classes already underway, or coming up, all thanks to the support of Dry July funding.
The most recent is the running of our very first Saturday class in Christchurch.
Ten women (two who had been waiting since October 2016 for the opportunity to attend a class) attended. The women had a wonderful day and took home the many tips and tricks to help them face their cancer with more confidence.
We were able to recruit and train 11 new volunteers who were completely new to LGFBNZ and who will now be able to support the four new classes planned in Christchurch over the coming months. The feedback from the cancer patients and new volunteers was overwhelming. It really highlighted the need for the Saturday classes in the area, and...
Dry July funds have provided equipment to assist patient comfort at Nelson Tasman Hospice. The purchases included an Electric Lifter Chair for use in the in-patient unit and two oxygen concentrator units to go out to the community.
The oxygen concentrators are compact units used to deliver oxygen to those who require it. Whereas a tank has a set amount of oxygen that it dispenses, a concentrator filters in air, compresses it, and delivers air continuously. The air supply will never run out.
This allows patients to breathe easier and sleep better as they are not fighting for every breath. While symptoms such as shortness of breath are being effectively managed in patient's home, they can remain in their homes for longer, often right...
The Galbraith Infusion Centre opened to patients on Valentine’s Day.
It is a huge step forward for Counties Manukau Health at Middlemore because previously, all their cancer patients had to travel to Auckland for treatment.
While the service will be initially restricted to Herceptin treatment for those who have finished chemotherapy, it will rapidly expand to also offer clinic space, treatment rooms and chemotherapy infusions.
Dry July has played a major part in this funding $36,000 of the $117,000 cost of the project.
In the picture are two of the four infusion chairs we have in place, alongside Lazyboy chairs and armchairs, so that there is the ability for patients to choose the device they find most comfortable. The infusion chairs are...
After two months of chemotherapy treatment, Lois Walton is in a good position to be able to rate the new chairs purchased with a Dry July 2016 grant.
"They're very, very comfortable, mould your body, are easy to adjust, and you can put your feet up. It can make the chemo process a lot easier while you're sitting there."
Other items purchased include a daily subscription to The Press, toys, an information stand with brochures and flyers about health services and support, coffee machine, microwave oven, ipads and headphones for the use of patients and family members.
Pictured: Oncology nurse Bernadette Burrell and patient Lois Walton check out one of the new chairs funded by Dry July & Oncology Nurse Mary Marr sets out the new coffee...
Cancer Support Organisations Receive Dry July NZ Trust Grant Funds – Projects Approved Totalling $260,000
We’re delighted to announce the 9 recipients of this year’s Dry July NZ Trust Grant Program.
2,600 Dry Heroes gave up alcohol in support of Dry July in 2016, with money raised being allocated to the Grant Program. Cancer support organisations across the country were then invited to submit applications to benefit from these funds.
Applications were capped at $30,000 but organisations could apply for more than one project. We received applications for 34 projects from 11 organisations, totalling $534,000. With the $260,000 available from this year’s campaign we’ve awarded funding to 22 projects.
Dry July CEO, Brett Macdonald, says: “We are extremely proud to be able to fund a diverse range of cancer support organisations through the Dry...
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...
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...
Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre knows that catering for patients’ relatives is important, as many relatives feel they need to stay with their loved one at the hospital even over night and for several days at a time.
The centre is using some funds from Dry July 2013 to purchase chairs that turn into beds for carers and relatives of cancer and haematology patients staying on Ward 5 North.
The need to stay close can stem from cultural or religious beliefs, as well as reflect the close knit nature of families during challenging times. It can make a world of difference to patients knowing their loved ones are close by.
Auckland City Hospital installed new televisions including 29 flat screen televisions for patient beds, which all have access to Freeview, as well as 16 smart televisions, which have the ability to connect with devices such as iPads and iPhones. These will allow patients to watch what they want whilst in hospital receiving treatment, and were a much needed upgrade for patient care and entertainment which couldn’t be afforded previously.