Media Release

18 June 2014

Cancer Council Tasmania is being supported for the first time by national charity fundraiser Dry July.

Cancer Council Tasmania CEO Penny Egan said three major ambassadors – Tasmania’s Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer, SeaFM presenter Matt Newell and WIN Television presenter Brent Costelloe – will lead the charge.

“Dry July challenges Tasmanians to go alcohol-free for a month to support adults living with cancer,” Mrs Egan said.

“Evidence also suggests excessive alcohol use contributes to some cancers. As a rule, we advise people avoid or limit their alcohol intake to no more than two (2) standard drinks per day.

“But in Dry July, we are encouraging all Tasmanians to sign up and support Cancer Council Tasmania or support one of three ambassadors.

“You can have a Dry July and raise much-needed funds for Cancer Council Tasmania through the support of your friends and family.

“All funds raised in Tasmania for Cancer Council Tasmania stay in Tasmania.” Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer said she was looking forward to the challenge of Dry July.

“I do enjoy the odd glass of wine with an evening meal,” Ms Archer said. “But the chance to get my friends and family to support me through an alcohol-free month to raise funds for one of my favorite charities, Cancer Council Tasmania, was too good an opportunity to pass up.”

Mrs Egan said Cancer Council Tasmania will use funds raised to provide continued services for Tasmanians and their families living with cancer.

“Dry July is a lighter-hearted approach to raising funds for a serious issue. You don’t often get the chance to raise money for charity by not doing something!”

Mrs Egan said Tasmanians can support Cancer Council Tasmania’s Ambassadors at www.dryjuly.com or www.facebook.com/dryjuly.

Media contact: A.Mark Thomas, M&M Communications, 0422 006 732