Try going dry in July to help good cause

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

South West residents are once again being encouraged to give up booze for a month and raise money for a worthwhile cause.

With Dry July just around the corner, Solaris Cancer Care South West volunteers are urging people to consider signing up to the campaign or generously donating to the initiative which has helped the not-for-profit Bunbury organisation for several years.

Theannualfundraiser involves participants going alcohol-free for a month in exchange for family and friends donating money.

Solaris coordinator Doreen Martin said the organisation had been a beneficiary of the campaign for several years and the money had provided some invaluable upgrades at the centre.

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“We’ve seen things like our renovations at the end of 2015, upgrading our reflection area and reclining chairs for patients and carers from this funding,” Ms Martin said.

“Because we are a not-for-profit, we rely heavily on donations or grants, plus we have great community support.

“But if it wasn’t for big fundraisers like this, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”

Since 2007 the Dry July Foundation has raised more than $26.5 million and provided funding to 69 cancer support organisations.

To support the Solaris Cancer Care South West team click here.

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