Port Lincoln local goes dry for July

BEVERAGE: Luke Howie enjoys a bottle of water as he prepares to shut the door on drinking alcohol for Dry July.

BEVERAGE: Luke Howie enjoys a bottle of water as he prepares to shut the door on drinking alcohol for Dry July.

A Port Lincoln resident is taking on the Dry July challenge this year after knowing too well the impact cancer has had on his friends and family.

Luke Howie will be one of thousands giving up alcohol for the month of July to raise funds for cancer treatment.

Mr Howie said he decided to do it after losing some good friends to cancer, including a close friend near the start of the year.

“It made me realise life is short and no one’s guaranteed tomorrow,” he said.

“Seeing the impact on his family … cancer is alway bad but especially when kids are involved.”

Mr Howie said he had supported the Dry July cause in the past, sponsoring his cousin Kayla McGrade and his partner Danielle Miegel in their fundraising.

Mr Howie has set a goal of raising $500 and has already raised $200.

He said it would not be easy, especially working at a local bottle-o, but it was for a good cause which he encouraged others to get behind.

"The biggest thing for me doing this is that although a month without alcohol will be hard for someone who loves a few cold beers as much as me it’s nothing compared to what cancer patients and their families go through,” he said.

People can donate and find out more by visiting www.dryjuly.com.

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