A GROUP of well-known Tasmanian women have joined thousands of teetotalers around the country who are taking on the challenge of a ‘Dry July.’
Ambassadors including the Speaker of Tasmania’s House of Assembly, Elise Archer, Legislative Councillor Ruth Forrest and television newsreaders from rival stations, Jo Palmer and Georgia Love, are being sponsored to go without alcohol this month in order to raise money for Cancer Council Tasmania.
Last year was the first time the state took part in the national fundraiser, and Cancer Council Tasmania was the beneficiary with $53,000 raised.
Cancer Council Tasmania chief executive officer Penny Egan said following the fundraiser, the organisation was able to purchase a new “transport2treatment” van.
“The van is used for transporting people requiring cancer treatment in the south of the state,” she said.
“We hope to surpass that figure in 2015 so we can buy another vehicle to make life a little easier for Tasmanian cancer patients and their families.”
Ms Archer said the light-hearted approach to raising funds for a serious cause was a meaningful way in which to pay tribute to loved ones lost to cancer.
“When I was asked to take part in Dry July last year, I was inspired to do so because a dear friend of mine was fighting terminal brain cancer,” she said.
“Tragically she has since lost her battle, which makes me even more motivated to raise funds for cancer research and services.”
Ms Egan said an additional transport2treatment van would be “the icing on the cake” of Cancer Council Tasmania’s 20th birthday this year.
“Our birthday will be celebrated with a glamorous tuxedo junction gala ball called ‘Centre Stage’ at Wrest Point on 15 August.”
To donate to Dry July go to www.dryjuly.com or to purchase tickets to the gala ball go to www.trybooking.com/HFJG.