By Richard Whetlor

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For many of us, a beer or a glass of wine on occasions, at a barbie, a party or on a regular basis is just a part of our everyday life. Some of us are alcohol-free and don’t touch a drop. I met with Kylie Jenkins, a Bribie local from Bongaree who has decided to participate in ‘Dry July’ where each day of the month in July you eliminate alcohol from your diet. Some do this as a month of detoxing the body, to realise you are not an alcoholic or one of many reasons including raising money for the victims of cancer and one of Kylie’s family members very sadly passed away at a young age from cancer.

Featured Image(above): Kylie Jenkins

How it all began

Three mates wanted to get off the grog for a month so Brett, Kenny, and Phil decided to do this in the month of July back in 2008 coining it ‘Dry July’. They also thought of raising money for a worthy cause at the same time, so they asked their family and mates to sponsor them.

They set their goal at $3000 to buy a new TV for the local hospital waiting room, it was a HUGE success and the first dry July ended up raising $250,000 thanks to the support of Adam Spencer, dry July was well and truly born, legends!! “Since 2008, Dry July has inspired more than 160,000 Aussies to go dry, raising $37 million for people affected by cancer, and funding projects at more than 75 cancer organisations across Australia”.

Like many Australians Kylie enjoys a beer or two and she decided to give it a go and has been dry in July for 12 days (as I write this) she has been surprised how easy it has been, feeling a little nervous at the start her workmates said they were going to buy her a ‘golden ticket’ (purchased on the Dry July site giving the participant a 1 day pass to have a drink) each week so she could have a beer!

But as Kylie said, “That’s kind of cheating!” She has had a couple of alcohol-free beers, enjoying the taste without the foggy feeling the day after. A few of her family members are on side with the challenge, one being her brother Brad Tully who is right behind her and the cause donating a whopping $250! Kylie has set her goal to raise $500 so if you would like to donate to this great foundation and help Kylie to reach her goal then go to

Lots of people are affected by cancer worldwide, it’s a worthy cause to donate to. Remember to drink responsibly and if you or someone you know needs help then contact the local Alcoholics Anonymous their details are:

If you or anyone you know has a drinking problem, there is help from the local group ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Recovery I.D. meeting Monday – 7.30pm – Church of Christ Hall. Corner of Fifth Ave and Foley St, Bongaree. The meeting room is behind the church. Woorim Promises meeting on the beach Sunday – 7.30am – Rotary Park, Woorim Beach. Access Area no.3, North St, Woorim.

No dogs permitted on the beach, BYO chair. Book study meeting Thursday – 7.30pm – Church of Christ Hall. Corner of Fifth Ave and Foley St, Bongaree. The meeting room is behind the church.

FOR MORE INFO Contact – Glenn 0410 435 867.

Open I.D. meeting (previously known as the Banksia Beach Friday Night Meeting) Saturday – I.D. – 7.00pm – Community centre Verdoni Street, Bellara.

FOR MORE INFO Contact – Jaime 0438 622 545

A highly successful sales and leadership career working in a number of different and very competitive industries. Engaging with decision makers at all levels in business and government. Three decades employed by corporations, SME businesses in senior roles and almost twelve years operating as a freelance contractor has equipped me well for all aspects of business. Whether leading and mentoring sales teams, or in a direct sales role I enjoy the challenge to meet and exceed expectations. Making a real and tangible difference in either a team environment or as an individual is an important personal goal I have consistently achieved throughout my career. In all of my business and personal dealings over the years there is one issue that stands out above all others - communication. Excellent communication skills creates trust, helps with mutually beneficial outcomes and above all cements long lasting positive relationships. I strive everyday to communicate effectively with the people I encounter.