Prologue: A (dry) journey of a thousand miles

Whoever said “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” clearly never met my aunt Philomena. She maintained a journey of a thousand miles (or thereabouts) should always begin with a glass of champagne and duly ordered one in every airport departure lounge no matter what time of the day she happened to be flying.  As someone who has wholeheartedly subscribed to Phil’s ethos to this point in life, giving up alcohol for an entire month makes me somewhat apprehensive.  But this is what Dry July is all about. Dry July is an online social community where people sign up to the challenge of a month long sponsored abstinence from alcohol.  The funds raised from Dry July participants’ sponsorship directly benefit the lives of adults living with cancer right across Australia.

GoDo have decided to take up the challenge of Dry July and show everybody that it’s definitely possible to have a good time without hitting the bottle. For the next 31 days, I will be taking part in activities featured on the GoDo website. And to benefit the Dry July cause, GoDo will donate the value of each activity in cold hard cash to our chosen beneficiary, the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation,  Sydney. We’re hoping that these donations will make a real difference to people living with cancer every day.  We’re also keen to show some of the rest of you taking up the cause that this July doesn’t have to be a dreary bore-fest. In fact, you could be the envy of your drunken mates if you take yourself on some of these activities…without a hangover!

With such a wide range of activities to choose from, I kindly requested my Marketing Manager, Leah and my Supplier Relationship Manager, Michelle plan some nice, gentle, relaxing activities to help me along this journey.  Perhaps a nice whale watching cruise, relaxation massage, or a delightful trip in a hot air balloon. Rather worryingly however, I’ve been catching snippets of conversations about “ghostly apparitions”, “850 break horsepower” and “freefall at 200kph” . Well, nobody said it was going to be easy, did they? Besides, I’m sure this is one journey that Philomena, who also lived with cancer, would gladly toast.

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