Hope Community Services commits to a 'Dry July'

Team hope: Hope Community Services Esperance Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention officer Claire Tully commits to 'Dry July'. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Team hope: Hope Community Services Esperance Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention officer Claire Tully commits to 'Dry July'. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

The Hope Community Services Goldfields team has vowed to lead by example, signing themselves up for 'Dry July' and saying 'no' to alcohol.

The nationwide initiative aims to help raise funds to improve the wellbeing of those affected by cancer.

The team, which have called themselves 'Pipeline of Hope', will go 31 days without an alcoholic beverage and the money they raise will be donated to the Cancer Council of WA.

Having worked alongside those affected by alcohol and drug use, Hope Community Services Esperance Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention officer Claire Tully said it was important for the team to show their support by remaining abstinent, too.

"The team is showing their support to individuals, families and the wider Goldfields community with alcohol and other drug issues as well by leading by example," she said.

"Our team members work alongside people that are affected by alcohol and drug use, people that work extremely hard at remaining abstinent, and we wanted to show our support by also remaining abstinent, even if it is only for the month of July.

"The funds we raise will help provide invaluable services to cancer patients, their families and carers - whether it's a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment."

Miss Tully said Dry July was about more than simply giving up alcohol and encouraged the community to get behind the cause and donate.

"The team are committed to raising funds to help people affected by cancer, and we'd love for people support us by donating to our Dry July team and WA Goldfields' 'Pipeline of Hope'," she said.

"Every donation counts and all donations will go to the Cancer Council of WA. We chose this charity as we understand that many Australians are affected by cancer, directly or indirectly, and that any support that can be given will make a difference to their lives."