Dry July a worthy test

The Pioneer’s sports editor Nick Dillon has taken on the Dry July challenge, going alcohol-free to raise money for cancer research.

Riverlanders across the region are battling through an alcohol-free month in an effort to raise money for cancer research.
Murray Pioneer sports editor Nick Dillon took the Dry July plunge after his mum was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
All money donated towards his beer-free 31 days will go to Flinders Medical Centre where she has been treated.
“She finished her final radiotherapy session recently,” Nick said. “Mum has raved about how well she’s been treated at the Flinders Medical Centre so all the money I raise will go there.
“She’s been so brave throughout the whole ordeal and I’m so proud of what she’s achieved and the sacrifices she’s made.”
So far, Nick is ranked 18th in the state for his fundraising efforts, which have reached more than $826 at just over halfway through the month.
The Paringa RFL Independent coach said the biggest challenge to date had been celebrating birthdays (including his own) and footy wins with a soft drink.
“The toughest part so far is being involved in a footy club culture where drinking alcohol is the norm,” he said.
“The boys have hassled me a bit about it, but it’s all been light-hearted.”
Any positives?
“I’m definitely enjoying not having a hangover on weekends which my wife is happy about,” he said.
“We actually have time on weekends now to be productive.”
Nick added his own touch to Dry July, offering to act as designated driver to anyone donating more than $50 as extra incentive to get on board.
“I’ve been really happy with the support I’ve been getting and I’ve had some fantastic donations so far,” he said.
As for that first drink in August?
“I’ll probably have a beer, but I’ll wait until the weekend.”
To help Nick on his alcohol-free quest, visit his Dry July profile here.