Dry July donations top $1 million for first time

The results of Dry July have been announced with organisers stoked to report the 2019 campaign is the most successful yet.

For the first time donations tipped over the $1 million mark and, at the time of publishing, have reached just over $1.22 million.

Those funds have been raised thanks to 8641 people not drinking alcohol for the month of July and donations will be accepted through to the end of August.

Timaru has raised more funds than any other town or suburb in Aotearoa, followed by Wellington's Mount Victoria, Gisborne and Auckland's Browns Bay.

Graph showing which New Zealand towns and suburbs raised the most money for Dry July 2019.
Photo credit: Dry July NZ

Since the campaign first started in 2012, organisers say it's raised over $4.8 million, with that money being used to support multiple New Zealand organisations. This year, Dry July is supporting Look Good Feel Better (LGFBNZ), a charity that provides free, community-based programmes for people facing cancer.

Clare O'Higgins, LGFBNZ's general manager says the donations "will allow us to continue extending the programme throughout New Zealand communities, so any person with any cancer can take part at any stage of their treatment."

"With over 300 classes planned over the next 12 months, Dry July is helping LGFBNZ to sustainably grow classes throughout New Zealand, and extend the reach of the programme."

More information and ways to donate can be found on the Dry July website.