Dry July raises $8000

Cancer services at Whyalla hospital are set to receive a boost of $8000 thanks to the local community that participated in the nationwide Dry July fundraising program.
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The hospital raised $3879 to improve its chemotherapy unit.

However the Hospital Research Foundation wanted to reward its efforts further and has brought the total for the hospital to $8000 using money from its Patient Support Fund.

It is the second year Whyalla has participated in Dry July, after THRF extended the reach of its campaign to include regional hospitals.

The Dry July concept is simple but with an important aim; funds are raised by those brave enough to go without alcohol for the month of July and the money is directed towards adult cancer patient comfort and care in hospitals.

Director of nursing and midwifery Jim McMenemy said the hospital was pleased to be involved again.

“Whyalla hospital would like to thank all of those who got involved in Dry July,” he said.

“It’s great to see the community supporting cancer patients in their region.

“Funds raised through Dry July will be put towards improving on-site accommodation for patients and relatives utilising Whyalla’s cancer centre, and help improve the quality of cancer services for the Whyalla community.

“Dry July is a wonderful example of the community supporting the community.”

THRF chief executive officer Paul Flynn said the organisation had been pleased with the reception of Dry July.

“We were delighted the program was so well received and supported by the regional communities such as Whyalla,” Mr Flynn said.

“We also look forward to Whyalla hospital being part of the Dry July team once again in 2014 and having even more people participating.”

THRF’s main project for the past few years has been building accommodation for country cancer patients receiving treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The Under Our Roof project is now underway, with land being purchased and plans drawn up.

It is expected the project will be completed by late 2014.

DRY JULY SUCCESS: Whyalla hospital has received $8000 for its chemotherapy unit as a result of the local community participating in Dry July. The Hospital Research Foundation chief executive officer Paul Flynn presented Whyalla hospital director of nursing and midwifery Jim McMenemy with a cheque for $8000 last week.

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