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Dry(ish) July launches at PAH

Friday 29 May 2020

Dry July 2020 has launched, and PA Research Foundation (PARF) is calling for Queenslanders to go a little bit 'Dryer' this July to help them fund the expansion of the Queensland Cancer Wellness Initiative (QCWI).

Recognising this year has been challenging for all, Dry July Foundation has decided to include a few new options to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in Dry July. Introducing Dry(ish) July: Go as dry as you're willing to try to raise funds for people affected by cancer.

This year all PARF Dry July participant funds will go to the QCWI, a range of cancer services (primarily based at the PA Hospital (PAH) in Brisbane) where people with cancer are nurtured and empowered to access evidence-based support, at a time and place that works for their individual needs.

The QCWI currently offers patients a range of activities to improve their physical and mental health including; cooking classes, yoga, gym, physiotherapy, massage, Lymphoedema treatment, leisure activities such as gaming consoles and movies, pet therapy, nutrition, dietary support, programs to counteract cancer-related fatigue, social and emotional support and a Virtual Wellness Portal.

Thanks to the incredible efforts of our champion fundraisers last year, we were able to fund some fantastic initiatives at the PAH to support patient wellness. The QCWI program has continued to expand, and most recently, these funds helped the team purchase a trolley to support their Leisure & Activity Maintenance Program (LAMP), where patients can engage in recreational activities and relaxation sessions such as playing PlayStation. Pictured are patient John Weiland and Occupational Therapist Adam Le Flay. Adam says the trolley, like many of the QCWI activities, will make a huge difference to the physical and mental health of patients being treated for cancer at the PAH.

PARF Chief Executive Officer Damian Topp said the programs available through the QCWI make a tangible difference in the wellbeing of patients.

"Though PAH is a public hospital, initiatives such as the QCWI aren't funded by taxpayer funds, they are driven by public support.

"Last year more than $46,000 was raised by PARF supporters championing Dry July, we're hoping this year we can beat that number," Mr Topp said.

For more info about the fantastic programs run through the QCWI, visit their website.

Will you go Dry(ish) this July to help fund patient support programs like the Queensland Cancer Wellness Initiative at the PA Hospital and make a real difference to people affected by cancer? Register for Dry July here.