What the patrons want the patrons get and despite Dry July, Horse and Jockey bar manager Lenore Webster will continue to pour the beers.
What the patrons want the patrons get and despite Dry July, Horse and Jockey bar manager Lenore Webster will continue to pour the beers. Linden Morris

Raising pints of money

IF YOU no longer want to wake up to the dreaded and inevitable headache as a result of a big night out then Dry July may be the month for you.

Take the month to rest your ailing liver and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

Horse and Jockey Hotel Motel manager Gary Lawrence said while he believed in the cause he did not think it would affect local business.

"I don't know if Dry July will have an effect on business but the economy is definitely having a bigger effect at the moment," Mr Lawrence said.

"I haven't seen sales impacted by similar dry campaigns in the past but have seen people take notice of campaigns where the designated driver gets free soft drink while they are out."

Despite being on the side selling alcohol, Mr Lawrence did not dispute Dry July was for a good cause.

"Any campaign to raise an awareness or money for a cause is good whether it be alcohol related, for domestic violence or road tolls in the lead-up to Easter and Christmas," he said.

The annual alcohol-free month was founded in 2008 by Phil Grove, Brett Macdonald and Kenny McGilvary.

All three have had personal experiences and the loss of family members as a result of cancer and consider the cause close to their hearts.

While the campaign aims to benefit adult cancer patients it also strives to raise awareness of drinking habits and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

With Dry July now in its fifth year, organisers hope to get 12,500 Australians and New Zealanders to take part in the 31-day event.

While the campaign has escalated to a national level, the cause remains local with participants able to select the hospital they would like to have their funds go to.

Registration for Dry July opened on Monday morning.

To register or donate visit dryjuly.com.

 

THE STATS

In 2008 over 1000 people participated in the inaugural Dry July and $256,283 was raised.

Since then over $6.8 million has been raised.

In 2012 organisers hope to raise over $3 million in support of adults living with cancer.

 

If you or your business are taking part in Dry July let us know by phoning 4660 1364 or emailing linden.morris@warwickdailynews.com.au.



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