Tuesday (22 June) saw some Australian famous faces supporting the launch of Dry July, the annual fund raising event that not only helps its participants by giving their bodies a break from alcohol for month of July, but also raises awareness and money for improving the lives of adults living with cancer.
Since its inception in 2007, Dry July has grown from a idea of 10 mates raising $3000 for a local hospital to 4000+ people across Australia raising over $1.2 million to support a network of hospitals across the country.
Silverchair’s Chris Joannau, Dry July ambassador, registering online.
In support of Dry July, patron Adam Spencer MC’d the event in Sydney and was in great company with fellow supporters and ambassadors including Underbelly’s Roy Billing, WSFM presenters Brendan Jones & Amanda Keller, Better Homes & Gardens Chef Ed Halmagyi and Triple J presenter Lindsay McDougall (The Doctor).
Adding to the fantastic line up of ambassadors, it was announced that Australian bass guitarist, songwriter, recording and performing artist Chris Joannau of Silverchair has joined the team to take up the challenge and support the incredible efforts of Dry July.
“I am really happy to be involved with Dry July. I love a beer as much as the next bloke but to give it a rest for just one month of the year seems nothing for such a top cause, its also going to be a great rest for the ‘ol liver so it’s a win win,” he said.
A variety of famous faces turned up for the launch of Dry July
There was heartfelt appreciation from Sandy Pettit, Mater Adult Hospital Brisbane and Kim Berger, Lismore Base Hospital for everyone’s commitment to Dry July and how their efforts in raising funds makes such an impact on the daily lives of so many adults suffering from cancer.
“Being a regional area, we can’t complete projects without the community coming on board, not only for raising funds but for recognition. The support from Dry July will be used for a project called Our House, building accommodation for cancer patients and their families who are receiving care at Lismore Base Hospital. We are just thrilled to be a recipient of such a fantastic national initiative,” said Berger.
ABC Brisbane’s Rebecca Levingston and Adam Spencer at the event
Signing up to Dry July is simple and free. Commit to a month off the grog by visiting the Dry July website – create your profile page and encourage your friends and peers to participate by setting up a team.