Yummy start to booze-free July

Westmead Hospital researcher Ross Matthews and Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC) clinical nurse care coordinator Dianne Head support the Dry July fundraiser.

The aroma of onions and sausages cooking on a BBQ helped Westmead Hospital staff mark a successful start to the 2019 Dry July campaign, with $783 already raised.

Dry July is an annual fundraiser that encourages community members to go alcohol free throughout the month of July to raise funds for institutes supporting people affected by cancer.

Westmead Hospital’s Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC) has benefited from Dry July in previous years, with funds spent on improving the environment for patients visiting the service.

CPMCC director Professor Paul Harnett thanked members from the Holroyd Rotary and Dick Stone meats for supporting the BBQ.

Left to right: Westmead Hospital CPMCC administration officer Robert Khoury,  Holroyd Rotary’s Narelle Wilson and John Heslop, CPMCC operations team leader Jasmine Manes, Holroyd Rotary secretary Sophia O’Donoughue, past president Pat Gerardis and fundraising director Rod O’Donoughue.     

“Thanks to the local businesses who supported today’s event,” Prof Harnett said.

“Dry July not only encourages people to make the healthy choice of avoiding alcohol, it will also help us build on the support we provide our patients at the CPMCC.”

You can donate or sign up to Dry July here.