Dry July to fight can­cer

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

ELLY Thompson loves a drink but is giv­ing up al­co­hol for a month to raise funds for can­cer.

Ms Thompson is par­tic­i­pat­ing in Dry July, in which peo­ple give up drink­ing for the whole of July to raise funds for a can­cer ser­vice. She has cho­sen to do­nate funds raised to the Can­cer Coun­cil.

The 24-year-old started do­ing Dry July af­ter she was moved by her cousin Chris and his fight with can­cer. Chris died ear­lier this month.

Ms Thompson did Dry July in 2013 with a friend and raised about $1300. This year, she and a team of eight oth­ers have al­ready raised more than $2000.

“I am very de­ter­mined to do what I can for other fam­i­lies,” she said.

And it is not as if giv­ing up al­co­hol for a whole month is go­ing to be easy for Ms Thompson and her group of friends.

“I do re­ally en­joy my wine,” she said.

“We are all keen for a drink so it is not an easy task for us.”

She said hav­ing a cousin who had can­cer re­ally opened her eyes about the dis­ease.

“It’s ba­si­cally like a liv­ing night­mare,” she said. “Cer­tain things be­come in­signif­i­cant.

“Cer­tain prob­lems just do not re­ally mat­ter and it changes the way you view the world in a big way.”

■ To do­nate to Ms Thompson’s cause, go to https://au.dryjuly .com/pro­file/el­lythomp­son.

Elly Thompson will say no to al­co­hol dur­ing July.

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