Parenting is hard. Parenting in 2020 is especially hard. Many parents admit that they do enjoy a glass of wine or two after a particularly rough day. In fact, during the whole homeschooling disaster, 14% of parents admit to drinking every day. 

So, asking someone who does love a tipple to go completely dry for 31 days is a big ask. This is what Dry July is all about – abstaining from alcohol for all of July to raise vital funds for people affected by cancer.

Yes, it’s for charity and yes, you want to help. But #WineIsSoGood. 

What’s a mumma to do?

Dry July Foundation has the perfect solution – Dry(ish) July.

This July, go as dry as you’re willing to try

While Dry July has always been a 31-day challenge, this year only, Dry July Foundation will introduce Dry(ish) July, encouraging the nation to go as dry as they’re willing to try, to fundraise for people affected by cancer.

You can still commit to the full 31 days or go for the dry(ish) options of either 21 or 14 days dry. You can even nominate your own time period to take a break from the booze.

This is such an incredible way to make a difference and raise funds and we absolutely love the flexibility. As Dry July Foundation CEO and Co-Founder Brett Macdonald said,

We get it, Aussies have had a really challenging first half of 2020. But what remains unchanged is that people affected by cancer still need our support. In fact, they need our support more than ever.”

Who will you be helping?

There are six major beneficiaries of the Dry July 2020 campaign – Cancer Council, Leukaemia Foundation, Look Good Feel Better, McGrath Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Redkite. However, you can also raise funds for any of the 33 beneficiaries on their list.

Funds raised through Dry July will go towards providing invaluable services that improve the comfort, care and wellbeing of people affected by cancer. This includes a lift to a life-saving appointment, accommodation near treatment, guidance from a specialist nurse, or access to complementary wellbeing therapy programs.

Go Dry(ish) this July

If you are looking to cut back on your alcohol intake, this is such a good opportunity to do so and may give you the motivation to go ahead with it.

There is also a really cool calculator to show you how much you can actually save by cutting back on alcohol for Dry(ish) July. For example, if you normally drink two bottles of wine a week (7 glasses per bottle), you can save $460 for the month of July, assuming you’re drinking fairly expensive wine!

And, hey, if you only make it 14 days, we reckon that’s still pretty awesome! Every little bit of funds helps and every day without wine means you’re doing a world of good to those in need.

Aussies can sign up to Dry July at www.dryjuly.com, and challenge their friends, family and workmates to join them or make a donation.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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