Flatmates find good cause to ban the booze

21:00, Jun 20 2014
Palmerston North student Woody Maxey-Graham
GOING DRY: Palmerston North student Woody Maxey-Graham will give up alcohol for a month as part of the Dry July campaign to raise money for cancer sufferers.

Hungover in July? Yeah right.

Woody Maxey-Graham is reclaiming his Sundays from the dreaded hangover next month.

The 21-year-old Palmerston North business student has teamed up with his four flatmates to take part in this year's Dry July campaign and go booze-free to raise money for Kiwi cancer sufferers.

"Originally I just wanted to do it because of health reasons to be honest, it's just a good excuse to have a break from drinking," he said. "At the same time it's a really good cause as well, I've known people with cancer so obviously it's good."

Dry July is in its third year in New Zealand and encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of July to fundraise for adult cancer patients throughout the country.

In his last year of a business degree at Massey University and a keen soccer player, Maxey-Graham said it was hard to get away from the drinking culture.


"There's always a lot of pressure from the lads to drink so we decided as a flat, the five of us, to have a break from it for a month," he said. "Hopefully because my whole flat is doing it we can support each other."

Maxey-Graham said it was a chance to flush out his system and he was looking forward to getting more out of his Sundays.

"It gives me another day to focus on my uni work or go to the gym."

With a goal of raising between $500 and $1000, Maxey-Graham said fundraising was incentive to stick with it for the month.

In the past two years, Dry July participants have raised more than $1.3 million for Kiwi cancer sufferers. Last year 174 people from the Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki region raised more than $15,000 for Kiwis with cancer.

Dry July co-founder Brett McDonald said he hoped to top $1 million in donations this year.

Money from the event will go towards cancer patients at Auckland City Hospital, Wellington Hospital and Christchurch Hospital.

To support Maxey-Graham's team challenge and make a donation visit nz.dryjuly.com/team/21ranfurly.

Manawatu Standard