Port Lincoln residents contribute to Dry July

THUMBS UP: Luke Howie enjoys a beer at the Grand Tasman Hotel after taking part in Dry July.
THUMBS UP: Luke Howie enjoys a beer at the Grand Tasman Hotel after taking part in Dry July.

Local participants in the 2017 Dry July campaign have contributed to more than $237,000 raised across South Australia.

This year 19,237 people took part in Dry July across Australia and raised more than $4.2 million to go towards cancer patients and their families.

Of the national total $237,850 was raised from South Australian participants.

One participant was Port Lincoln resident Luke Howie who managed to raise $880 from his month long campaign.

Mr Howie said he had only expected to raise about $250 so to raise that much was a great result, even if it was not easy to do so.

“It had its moments, especially in the first week when I played my first game of footy in nine months, I had a Powerade instead of beer with my mates afterwards,” he said.

Mr Howie said the last 10 to 12 days were challenging but he had a lot of support and he knew it was all for a good cause.

He did not take part alone as his partner Danielle Miegel was also a participant and raised $152 herself for the Dry July cause.

Mr Howie said it was a great cause that people should consider doing themselves in the future.

“It’s a healthy thing to do and is great to do because you’re doing it for a great cause, helping people who need it most,” he said.

Fundraising is still open for all participants so to donate or find out more visit www.dryjuly.com.