How to make it through Dry July
For the past decade, Dry July has challenged thousands of social drinkers to take their espresso without the martini and steer clear of alcohol for the month of July to raise funds for people affected by cancer.
Giving up alcohol for thirty-one days seems like no big deal right? I hear so many of my friends say how they could do it if they want to, but why would they want to do that. I want to do this to not only raise awareness and funds for a great cause but to prove to myself that I can do it. A lot of social events are surrounded by alcohol.
Although rallying donations is an important undertaking, maintaining the willpower to avoid a tipple for thirty-one days is often considered the more difficult task. Brett Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Dry July, offers motivation to help challengers stay dry until 1 August 2017.
“You might think 31 days without alcohol seems tough, but it’s nothing compared to what cancer patients are going through. That’s why, ten years on, Dry July is the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer all around Australia,” said Macdonald.
“Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers! So you’re not only helping others, you’re helping yourself. It’s a win-win!”
Dry July first started in 2007 as a challenge amongst friends who went alcohol free to raise money for the local hospital. The campaign has since raised more than $26.5 million for 69 cancer support organisations, with 45 beneficiary organisations in every State and Territory across Australia on board for 2017.
Worried about missing that special occasion? For participants not wanting to miss that toast of champagne for an important milestone can purchase a Golden Ticket for a $25 donation towards their campaign.
Dry July ambassadors Adam Spencer, Maz Compton, Fast-Ed and Renee Gartner are among thousands of registered Dry Julyer’s. Australian Bitters, oOh!Media, Anytime Fitness, PKF and AV1 are all on board as 2017 partners.
For more tips and tricks on making it through Dry July, visit www.dryjuly.comor follow the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. A list of mocktail recipes is also available, courtesy of Australian Bitters.
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