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Journo gets off booze

Tuesday, 2nd July, 2013

Local journalist Erica Visser will be participating in Dry July and is asking for your support. Local journalist Erica Visser will be participating in Dry July and is asking for your support.

By Emily Roberts

Journalist Erica Visser is going a whole month without the aid of Dutch courage - all in the name of cancer sufferers.

The 23-year-old has signed up to have a “Dry July”, which means she will have to go without a drink for 31 days.

“I feel like it’s definitely time for a detox. There has been too many nights of vodka after vodka followed by some fast food at 2am,” Erica said.

Dry July is a not-for-profit organisation determined to improve the lives of adults living with cancer through an online social community giving up booze for the month of July.

It is also a chance to raise awareness of individual drinking habits, the value of a balanced healthy lifestyle, a personal challenge, encourage positive change and an awareness of a healthy attitude to alcohol consumption.

“It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now, but I’m so disorganised I usually leave it too late,” Erica said.

“Basically, I can’t drink for a month, and I’m hoping that there will be some generous people who can even spare a ‘fiver’ for my efforts.”

Erica said she has had some doubt from family and friends, who think she won’t make it a whole month.

“This is a concern that has been noted, if you are worried, you should leave donations until the end of the month,” she said.

“It is open until the end of the month and into August.

“I am extremely confident that not even one sip of red wine will enter my mouth.”

She said any food with alcohol also has to be avoided.

“I’m going to avoid all puddings, if I go out for dinner I will definitely check the menu,” Erica said.

“I plan to spend my time reading over the next four weekends and comfort eating.”

All jokes aside, Erica said it was important to remember where the money raised will go.

“The funds will go directly to people in Western NSW who suffer from cancer,” she said.

“Also, of course, cancer is a cause that affects almost every one whether it be directly or indirectly.”

Erica said anyone can join within the next couple days.

“Because it is open through August - you can do a whole month, even if you start a bit later,” she said.

One of the things, Erica will be doing is driving people to events for a surcharge.

“I will be a ‘designated dryver’ - so I can pick people up and drop them places for $10,” she said.

“This money raised will go straight into the kitty.”

Erica said her plan is to raise $1,000.

“I would be so grateful for any donations,” she said.

“If people would like to assist but don’t have an online banker, they can come into the Barrier Daily Truth to donate.”

For more information or to donate visit https://au.dryjuly.com/profile/ericavisser.

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