Go dry this February


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Although January is almost over, there is still time to decide if you would want to participate in an upcoming fundraising campaign for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Dry Feb is a fundraiser that challenges individuals to go alcohol-free in February to raise funds for those affected by cancer.

It was shocking to learn that nearly half of all Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetimes.

Photo by Cindy Murdoch

Dry Feb is a fundraising challenge for the Canadian Cancer Society which encourages particpants to give up alcohol in February to raise money for cancer research and to comfort those afflicted with the disease.

Since the campaign began in 2016, participants have raised over $10 million Canada-wide. The money raised helps the Canadian Cancer Society fund life-saving research as well as provide compassionate support services.

Not only will giving up alcohol for 28 days help those impacted by cancer, it will also have health benefits for the participant. Reducing one’s alcohol use can result in better sleep, more energy, weight loss and a clearer head.

Given that the alcohol use is said to increase a person’s overall risk of developing cancer, abstaining for a short time would be beneficial in and of itself. Also, spending less money on alcohol will result in more available funds for other things.

As a further incentive, for every $50 raised, participants will receive one ballot to be entered for a chance to win a round-trip flight for two, provided by WestJet.

Anyone interested in fundraising can register as individuals or as part of a team. Not only can family, friends and co-workers sponsor you, participant can also donate themselves.

For those who wish to participate but feel that giving up alcohol for a month may be somewhat difficult, there are a few suggestions that might help one prepare and make the task a little easier. Reducing your alcohol use prior to starting, and removing alcohol from your home are good ideas. Also, planning non-alcoholic substitutes for your enjoyment and finding alternative ways to relax at the end of a busy day may also be helpful.

Additionally, participants can also purchase “golden tickets” for a minimum donation of $25 in order to have a night off from the challenge.

Even if you don’t think that participating in this campaign would work for you, please spread the word, as every dollar raised will help make a difference in the fight against cancer.

For more information on the campaign or to register on-line, please refer to dryfeb.ca.

Cindy Murdoch

Cindy Murdoch
Transcona community correspondent

Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

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