July saw many people refrain from drinking alcohol for a good cause – with ACT chief minister and minister for health Katy Gallagher accepting a cheque for more than $120,000 as a result of these ACT Dry July participants efforts.
This year's event has been the biggest yet, with the chief minister topping the ACT Dry July fundraising leaderboard, earning the national ranking of ninth and raising $8,800.
"This year Australian participants helped raise over $3.6 million and 563 Canberrans took part, making a huge difference to the lives of adult cancer patients at the Canberra Hospital," the Chief Minister said.
"I would like to sincerely thank the Dry July team for this significant $124,218 financial contribution that we will use to make the Canberra Hospital Oncology Department less clinical and more comfortable for patients."
Co-Founder of Dry July Brett Macdonald welcomed the work on the new Canberra Region Cancer Centre.
"The team are very excited to see the new Canberra Region Cancer Centre building commence. This new centre will improve cancer treatment by integrating services, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, haematology, immunology, and research and teaching programs within a single five-storey building on the Canberra Hospital campus."
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