Dry July

Dry July is a national fundraiser that encourages participants to go alcohol-free in July to raise funds for people affected by cancer.

The funds raised as part of Dry July will provide invaluable services for cancer patients, their families and carers – whether it’s transport to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs, or a bed close to treatment.

Funds raised through Dry July 2020 in the Geelong region will help improve the patient experience for people undergoing cancer treatment at Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre.

Barwon Health’s Cancer Services provides world class treatment options including radiotherapy treatment, chemotherapy, apheresis unit/stem cell collection, transplant clinic and haematology services. We have a dedicated cancer inpatient ward at University Hospital Geelong, and a range of complementary services, including clinical trials and pharmacy at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre, allowing us to offer patients the very best treatments available.

This year, with your help, we’re fundraising for comfort and care therapies and equipment across Barwon Health Cancer Services. The therapies include exercise therapy and art therapy which will provide patients having treatment at University Hospital Geelong with physical, mental, and emotional health benefits.

Dry July has made a big difference on patients receiving care at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre. Funds from Dry July 2019 have provided a refurbishment of the accommodation at Ba-Lee Lodges, providing essential accommodation for patients based in regional areas.

The Ba-Lee Lodge complex comprises of five self-contained units, a communal laundry and al fresco area. These units were originally donated following the Bali bombing disaster by the Lee Family in memory of their children. Funding from Dry July will help to repaint, recarpet, and refurnish to help create a home away from home. Cancer patients from the Barwon South West Region who are attending Andrew Love Cancer Centre and University Hospital Geelong for consultation, treatment, surgery, or recovery can use this accommodation during treatment.

Funds raised through Dry July 2020 will help provide support to vital programs and activities at Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre Wellness Lounge. The Wellness Lounge incorporates wellness components and provides a range of therapies for patients as well as lifestyle and survivorship programs. The therapies provided combine with allied health services such as social work, psychology, and pastoral care support.

Every year, Barwon Health cares for and treats over 20,000 individual cancer patients from the Geelong and Western Victoria region, with 2,400 of these being new cancer patients. We are all likely to be touched by cancer throughout our lives, whether it’s directly, someone we love, or someone we know. Together, we can make a big difference by making a small sacrifice.