Skip a sip for Westmead Hospital and patients fighting cancer

Westmead Hospital radiation therapist Jeivishnu Prithiviraj and deputy director radiation therapy Allana Mackertich.

How often do you have a chance to create change by not doing something? How about raising money to make a difference to a cancer patient’s journey by quitting alcohol for just a month?

Westmead Hospital is encouraging people to refrain from drinking alcohol for the Dry July campaign to  raise funds for the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC) Westmead.

The CPMCC Westmead is a comprehensive treatment facility for patients and families dealing with cancer. Its passionate staff provides support and care by going above and beyond for their patients

CPMCC has been involved in Dry July for the past 6 years and raised more than $374,000.

Director of the CPMCC Westmead  said that the funds have made it possible to implement projects which have significantly improved the comfort, care and wellbeing of people affected by cancer.

“It has been amazing to see what we have achieved in previous years, and, most importantly, they really make a difference to our patients.

“People spend a lot of time in our facilities and we want to make them feel welcomed and cared for” said Prof Harnett

“Last year, we updated our patient waiting rooms with new lounges and chairs, phone charging stations, TV screens, sound absorption wall tiles, and a fresh colour scheme with Australian-themed artworks.

“Proceeds from previous Dry July campaigns have enabled the centre to purchase iPads which patients can use to listen to music during radiation treatment, comfortable chemotherapy chairs and refurbishments in the cancer wards.”  

This year you can nominate to go dry for two, three weeks or for the whole month of July.

Westmead Hospital radiation therapy deputy director Allana Mackertich.

CPMCC senior staff specialist psychiatrist Catherine Mason has encouraged people to get involved in a great initiative that will also improve people’s health.

“During the COVID-19 lockdown some of us have indulged a bit more than usual with fast food and more alcohol consumption than is healthy,” Catherine said.

“July is a perfect time to re-set and reclaim those healthy habits. Skip the alcohol, improve your health and raise money for our wonderful cancer centre and the great work it does.”

Here are a few ways the human body can benefit from abstaining from alcohol:

  • improved mental health
  • weight loss and better hydration
  • healthier liver
  • quality sleep

To make it easier for yourself, plan your social calendar in advance and volunteer to be a designated driver.

Encourage your family and friends to be healthy in July and support Westmead Hospital.

To sign-up and support the CPMCC click here.