Calling for dry heroes

Sign up to go Dry in July or make a donation to the Concord Cancer Centre to support our cancer patients.

Our patients and staff at Concord Cancer Centre had a special visit recently from ‘Fast Ed’ Halmagyi, celebrity chef and star of Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens.

In his spare time, Ed is an ambassador and keen supporter of Dry July and raising funds to support those affected by cancer.

Ed spoke to patients and families, candidly capturing the stories of their cancer journeys for a special series throughout July.

Concord Cancer Centre treats 26,000 cancer patients each year, seeing about 100 patients per day. At the completion of Stage 1 of the hospital's development, a new comprehensive cancer centre will increase the centre's services and provide our cancer patients with new and improved treatment areas. 

In the past five years, Concord Cancer Centre has received more than $350,000 from the Dry July Foundation, funding initiatives such as chemotherapy chairs, a dedicated music therapy program, survivorship wellness programs and waiting room improvements.

The District’s Cancer Services Clinical Director, Associate Professor Philip Beale, is keen to raise the fundraising bar this year, calling on staff and the community to go dry for July. 

A/Professor Beale has set a target of $80,000 to raise funds for additional scalp cooling machines for chemotherapy hair loss prevention, blanket warmers and chemotherapy treatment area upgrades.

“Every dollar from Dry July will benefit cancer patients and their families and carers at Concord Hospital. We hope these funds can help make a difficult time, a little easier for those affected by cancer.”

You can sign up to go Dry in July or make a donation to the Concord Cancer Centre at

Be sure to follow Ed’s Dry July journal on Instagram and @fastedmedia and the District’s new Instagram @sydneylocalhealthdistrict.