DRY JULY: Bec Loveday is going without alcohol to support her dad.
DRY JULY: Bec Loveday is going without alcohol to support her dad. Contributed

Bec gives up drink for her hero

BUNDABERG local Bec Loveday has given up alcohol for the month of July in support of her dad who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Ms Loveday is taking part in Dry July to raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland – a beneficiary of the 2016 fundraiser.

Dry July takes a light-hearted approach to raising funds for a serious issue by challenging participants to give up booze from July 1 to 31.

Ms Loveday said giving up alcohol was an easy sacrifice to help raise vital funds for the fight against cancer.

“I was motivated to participate in honour of my dad – who was diagnosed with lymphomatoid granulomatosis last year and is currently undergoing radiation,” she said.

“My dad is my hero, my rock and my guiding hand through life.

“My goal is to raise as much as I can to help with cancer research, patient support and facilities that Cancer Council provides for cancer patients.

“We’ve all been touched by cancer in some way. If everyone could donate the cost of a single drink, or a night out, I believe we would be one step closer to finding a cure.”

To register or find our more information, visit www.dryjuly.com.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift thanked Ms Loveday for her support.

“With the support of people like Bec, and the wider community, we can make a difference to the one in two Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime,” Ms Clift said

“Dry July also has great benefits for your health - taking part enables you to detox your body and focus on the value of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

“Everyone who goes booze-free will be rewarded with a great sense of achievement and improved wellbeing.”

Funds raised from Dry July directly benefit Australians affected by cancer, by providing funds to create better environments and support networks for patients and their families.

In 2016, funds raised for Cancer Council Queensland will support the charity’s Cancer Counselling Service.

Last year the vital service received more than 1400 referrals for counselling and provided support to more than 1600 Queenslanders through around 3400 therapy sessions.

“Every drink you give up and every dollar you raise helps ease the burden of cancer in our communities, reducing stress and adding comfort to those in a time of need,” Ms Clift said.

For more information about Cancer Council Queensland visit www.cancerqld.org.au or call 13 11 20.



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