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This October, I’m giving up booze for a whole month to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation, in memory of my friend Tui.

I’m aiming to raise a thousand dollars. It’s a big target, but even if you can only spare a few dollars, together I believe we can reach it.

Sponsor my dry October and fund research to help the 45,000 Australians who will be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood cancers in the next five years. The Leukaemia Foundation funds research and also support services for patients and their families.

Five excellent reasons to donate to the Leukaemia Foundation:

  • Around 11,500 Australians are expected to be newly diagnosed this year —equivalent to 31 people each day
  • Not everyone survives – blood cancer is the second biggest cause of cancer death in Australia, claiming more lives each year than more well-known cancers, like breast cancer and melanoma
  • The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders
  • The Leukaemia Findation invests millions of dollars in the work of Australia’s leading researchers to develop better treatments and cures and provide free services to support patients and their families.
  • Treatment for blood cancer can range from months, to several years in duration and generally lasts longer than treatment for other cancers – the financial impact on patients and their families can be crippling.
Five excellent reasons to support my month of abstinence:
  • I won’t inflict karaoke on you for over 30 days.
  • Mobile phone loss, and subsequent demands for your phone number will be reduced by an estimated 95%
  • The value of your  Christmas gift may increase due to my reduced monthly expenditure
  •  The marked increase in free time will speed the completion of my painfully autobiographical first novel – and I know you’re just itching to read it!
  •  Come November, I will be a charmingly cheap date…
Thank you.

Here’s a song about sobriety by the lovely Paloma Faith:

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