Stacey Wate had a very good reason for taking part in Dry July for the past two years.
Last June, Ms Wate’s mother was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and within five weeks, she passed away.
Ms Wate said her close friend’s mum is going through something similar this year, after being diagnosed with a slow-progressing form of leukaemia.
‘‘I wanted to do it because it was something I could do to help others,’’ Ms Wate said.
‘‘I couldn’t help my mum, but I thought if I could raise some money to help other people who were going through the same thing, then that was just something little I can do to help.’’
For the past decade, Dry July has challenged people to take their espresso without the martini and steer clear of alcohol for the month of July, all to raise funds for people affected by cancer.
This year, almost 20000 people took up the challenge to not only raise vital funds, but to maintain the willpower to avoid a tipple for 31 days.
Ms Wate said she managed to raise around $1500 during last year’s campaign, but was hoping to better that this year.
When The Telegraph spoke to her mid-way through the challenge she was well on track, having raised $1070 to that stage.
‘‘This year I’ve been a lot more social, so it’s been a bit harder to not have a drink, but I’ve had great support from everybody,’’ Ms Wate said.
Dry July first started in 2007 as a challenge among friends who went alcohol-free to raise money for the local hospital.
The campaign has since raised more than $26.5million for 69 cancer support organisations, with 45 beneficiary organisations across Australia on board for 2017.