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Bingo night to end Dry July month – updated

from the Parched Participants for 5 THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Sadly we have all been touched by cancer in some form whether our friends, colleagues, family members or patients that we have cared for.

Mount Gambier & District Health Service have created a team called the “Parched Participants” for this Dry July and we are calling on you to support us in this very worthy cause.

What is Dry July:

Dry July is a fundraiser aimed at improving the comfort of cancer patients while they receive treatment. The Hospital Research Foundation has been a beneficiary of Dry July for 6 years, primarily supporting The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but recently has helped regional hospitals improve their cancer centres.

Where the money will be spent:

The Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof project will provide much needed accommodation for country cancer patients and their families. Currently accommodation is a major stressor for country patients, as they often have to leave their support groups while they receive lifesaving treatment. The Under Our Roof project will provide a haven for patients and their families while they are going through a difficult time. It is close to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and local schools, shops and relatively close to the Adelaide Airport. Currently land has been purchased and plans drawn, with construction due to begin in late 2015.

Regional hospitals including Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln, Murray Bridge, Whyalla, Berri, Victor Harbor and Clare are part of The Hospital Research Foundation’s campaign this year. More and more country hospitals now provide some chemotherapy services. Money raised through Dry July will help make their chemotherapy suites more homely, with artwork, comfortable chairs and in two hospitals, staff are looking to build gardens for patients and their family and friends to enjoy.

So far the ‘Parched Particpants’ have raised $500-00 at a movie night and $1000-00 at a book sale.

To end the Dry July month, there will be a Bingo night, on Thursday 31st July at the RSL Club in Mt Gambier.

There is still time to support 5 THE FM’s Cheryl Chambers in her efforts to raise funds. Cheryl is a survivor of bowel cancer and has also been touched by friends who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Cheryl and Rebekah during last year’s interview

Cheryl wrote to wattlerangenow last week saying:-

“I would just like to let everyone know that I am trying to raise some money for the Cancer Ward at the Mt Gambier hospital through this years dry/july campaign.

Now that we have lost the chemo facilities in Millicent many of our family & friends will be using this ward.

The direct link to donate to me is https://au.dryjuly.com/profile/cherylchambers or you can just go to the Dry July website and type in my name. All donations $2 & over re tax deductible and a receipt can be gained from this site. Help me to make a difference.Cheers Cheryl ChambersContact Phone Number: 0417082770


The following link will take you to Cheryl’s interview last year on 5THE FM


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