'Proud' to complete a Dry July

DONNA-LEE BIDDLE
Last updated 11:49 04/08/2014

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Waikato man Gerald Mapu sacrificed a month of booze to help adults with cancer by fundraising $1100 through the New Zealand Dry July page.

The nationwide fundraiser sees pledgers seek the help of the public by asking for donations for adults living with cancer and in return they abstain from alcohol.

Mapu said it wasn't as hard as he thought and he was proud for completing the challenge.

"I did better than what I thought I would. I had a golden ticket too, [it allows you to consume an alcoholic beverage] but I didn't use it; that would defeat the purpose."

Instead of the celebration planned, Mapu stayed in for the weekend.

"I had to go to the dentist and he gave me antibiotics so now I can't drink. I'm not too fussed though," said Mapu.

"I planned to go skydiving as well so I'm gonna hold off on the big celebrations until I've finished the antibiotics."

Mapu is leaving his page open for donations until the end of August and has donated the $1100 he has raised so far to hospitals in the Auckland region.

"Not too sure if I'll do it again but I'll definitely encourage others to do it; might go hassle the bro's to do it."

Donna-Lee Biddle is a journalism student at Wintec.

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- Waikato Times

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