Dry July celebrated reaching a new fundraising milestone as its 2019 campaign comes to a close. This year’s fundraising, by 8,600 Kiwis who signed up to go dry, ticked over the milestone of $1 million days before the fundraising month comes to a close, making it the biggest Dry July campaign in New Zealand ever.
Since 2012, Dry July has solidified itself as a part of Kiwi culture, with more and more people each year marking July in their diaries to put down the beer and wine for a good cause. The 2019 figure now takes Dry July fundraising to over $4.8 million since it began, supporting more than 10 organisations across New Zealand, and this year, funding crucial Look Good Feel Better programs nationwide.
Clare O’Higgins, General Manager of Look Good Feel Better NZ said “Look Good Feel Better NZ is so incredibly grateful to each and every New Zealander who has signed up to go Dry this July. These funds will allow us to continue extending the programme throughout New Zealand communities, so any person with any cancer can take part at any stage of their treatment.
“With over 300 classes planned over the next 12 months, Dry July is helping LGFBNZ to sustainably grow classes throughout New Zealand, and extend the reach of the programme.”
2019’s highest fundraiser, Matthew Lee, who has raised over $8,500, added; “We all know someone affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, so giving up alcohol for a month is a small sacrifice to make to make a difference. I’m grateful to all those who have donated and proud to have helped make this the biggest Dry July ever.”
Dry July CEO, Brett Macdonald, said “We’re thrilled with the support we’ve received this year. To hit such an incredible milestone means we can fund even more Look Good Feel Better programmes to help people with cancer to look and feel more like their normal selves. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the ongoing dedication and fundraising of everyone that takes part in Dry July and donates.”
Donations for the 2019 campaign close at the end of August. It’s not too late to donate to this year’s campaign: www.dryjuly.co.nz