How We Help

When you're diagnosed with cancer, it's hard to find the time or energy to think about anything other than treating the cancer. Dry July raises money to ease that burden, reduce stress and add a bit of comfort for those affected by cancer.

Everything we fund is to benefit the cancer patient and their families and carers. We aim to make a difficult time, a little easier for those affected by cancer.

Dj17 Wellness Programs 500 W
Dj17 Comfort Items 500 W
Dj17 Transport Services 500 W
Dj17 Accommodation Projects 500 W

Dj17 Information Resources 500 W
Dj17 Refurbishments 500 W
Dj17 Hospital Furnishings 500 W
Dj17 Entertainment Items 500 W
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Treatment chairs at Wairau Hospital funded by Dry July

Modelled by our nursing staff, these chairs provide patients with a better and more comfortable treatment experience, and also help the nursing staff provide improved care. The new chairs are height-variable to make it much easier for patients to access them and have a range of other features to make their treatment as comfortable as possible.

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Waikato Dry July funds - for our patents

Dry July funds at Waikato Cancer Centre have benefited patients and their families.

A quote below from a staff member:

Below is a photo of the first few magazines that have arrived (there will be more!). I have just taken them down to chemo and they were very well received. I Also had some more very positive feedback about the flowers so that's great.

I have put little stickers on the magazines indicating that they are supported by Dry July. Michael also had some little plaques which I have put on the fish tank and by the flowers to again show the support from Dry July.


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Dry July funds look good feel better men's program

The program commenced 4th July 2017. The feedback has been extremely positive as we connect with communities introducing the new program.

There is much to be done to really spread the word and help generate an understanding of how the program works, and more importantly, how men will benefit. But we are very happy to have the program rolled out in the early stages and begin helping men face their cancer with more strength and confidence.


Feedback below:

“Many thanks to you and Rachel from New Plymouth for such a wonderful morning with the Men’s “Look Good Feel Strong” programme that was hosted here this morning. It was a huge success! The take home packs were full of goodies and appreciated along with the magazine. Compliments and...

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Dry July funds applied to Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre - 5 North patient lounge

The patient day room is now in operation . Patients and whanau are delighted and using the area at a level not seen with our old fit out. There are now individual areas where patients can meet with their families, share a meal, watch television, make food/drinks, or just spend time away from their rooms in comfort. The space is warm in the cold and has blinds to provide shade in the sun.


This is due to the great contributions of Dry July participants to whom Dry July and the Centre are extremely grateful

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Nelson Oncology - Facilities funded by Dry July

Dry July has funded a number of items for this facility including a dishwasher, fridge, comfortable couch and artwork decorating the walls.

Some feedback:

• Numerous patients have commented on how beautiful and tasteful the artwork is.

• Having a dishwasher and fridge in our own area has been really helpful as the Cancer Society volunteers and staff use these facilities every day for patient care.

• The couch is a comfortable place for patient and visitors to wait and relax


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Christchurch Oncology - Dry July campaign

Christchurch Hospital has opened its 2017 campaign with a morning tea and cake stall, Great to see!

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Christchurch Hospital Exercycle

The bike allows patients to maintain a degree of fitness and prevents de-conditioning, they often sit on the bike waving and as some of the patients have said “keeping an eye on me “as it sits outside my office. The bikes are available to all the single rooms and on the floor above sits in the corridor, the table top exercycle is available for use in the family room and can be used by patients & family, often used during the boredom busters session that now occurs each Friday on the unit.

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Look Good Feel Better expands from Dry July funding

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 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. The...

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Nelson Tasman Hospice -Patient comfort equipment

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...

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