A record number of people went Dry through July to raise vital funds for the cancer services unit at the PA Hospital (PAH), raising an impressive $45,031 for people affected by cancer who are treated at the PAH.
114 people in total went without alcohol or other vices as part of the PA Research Foundation's (PARF) Dry July 2020 campaign with the nurses of Ward 2E among the top fundraisers, bringing in more than $5400.
The team of nursing staff banded together in abstaining from alcohol, quickly hitting their $2000 target and re-setting it to $5000 which they again surpassed by more than $400.
Indooroopilly's Tom Bryce, who undertook Dry July again this year after raising funds for the PA in 2019 through the PARF Dry July campaign, backed up last year's efforts by raising more than $1100 in 2020.
The PAH Cancer Wellness Initiative, who will be one of the recipients of the funds raised, also chipped in, raising an impressive $2,640 for the PAH's total.
PA Research Foundation staff member and bowel cancer survivor Luke Cridland, himself a repeat Dry July participant, went without sugar and junk food for the whole month, raising over $1000 on his own.
PA Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Damian Topp said the foundation was thrilled with the level of participation in the charity's 2020 campaign which was boosted by Dry July giving the option to go 'Dryish' for 14 or 21 days rather than the whole month if they chose.
"We had 102 supporters last year so to see that grow this year to 114 was exciting and encouraging, especially given everything that has happened this year," Mr Topp said,
"With the PA treating thousands of cancer patients every year, the success of Dry July this year goes to show that if it is a cause that people care about, the support will follow.
"Every dollar raised from this campaign will go back into programs and services which improve patient outcomes, including the Cancer Wellness Initiative which was started using funds raised through previous Dry July campaigns."
PA Research Foundation supporters were among 37,845 people who signed up for Dry July this year, helping to raise more than $10 million for people affected by cancer.
"With donations accepted right up until the end of August there is still time to make a difference by contributing to our total and help people affected by cancer," Mr Topp said.
Donate to support the PA Hospital's Dry July campaign here.