Dry July will cause devil of a thirst
The bassist for Devilskin, Paul Martin, has signed up as a spokesperson for Dry July.
It is the first time he has taken up the challenge of going without booze for a month as a way to raise funds for cancer patients.
‘‘A good friend was involved in it and was recruiting people and mentioned it to me and it is a good cause to get behind,’’ he said.
Like most people, Martin has been personally affected by the devastation of cancer, losing his father to the disease as well as several friends.
‘‘Anything at all that we can do to make these brave folks’ lives a little brighter is well worth it,’’ the Hamilton based musician, broadcaster, writer, producer and biker said. ‘‘We can all help, even if only a little and it can make such a massive difference to the people who really need it.’’
Another Devilskin musician was not drinking either- vocalist Jennie Skulander was pregnant.
The band were working on the artwork and mixes of their third album which is due in November.
Martin hoped to have a single out in August.
He was also kept busy by his radio show The Axe Attack, which was now on iHeartRadio after The Rock axed it from their roster recently. It was the longest running music show in New Zealand broadcasting history.
Dry July encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of July and raise funds for cancer patients and their families and carers.
Funds raised this year will be awarded to eligible organisations across New Zealand following a grant round in October 2016.
Grant recipients may include small regional hospitals, metropolitan hospitals, and not-forprofit organisations.
The organisers also said taking part in Dry July gave participants the chance to also focus on themselves and notice their own drinking habits and the value of a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
You can sign up to the challenge at www.dryjuly.co.nz and donate and support teams or individuals by visiting www.dryjuly.co.nz/donate.
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Paul Martin on bass, left, with Devilskin guitarist Nail, has signed up a spokesperson for Dry July.