WILLPOWER: Brooke Brereton says no to a beer for Dry July to support adults with cancer.
WILLPOWER: Brooke Brereton says no to a beer for Dry July to support adults with cancer. Jason Dougherty

Beer ban for bartender for Dry July mission

HAVE you heard the one about the bartender who swore off alcohol for a month?

It may sound like the start of a hilarious joke, but it is a reality for Alexandra Headland local Brooke Brereton, 32, who has sworn off the golden liquid to raise money for the Cancer Council Queensland during Dry July.

And the punch line is a doozy - the money she raises will go directly to helping make life better for adult cancer patients.

Miss Brereton, who is studying a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science full-time, admitted the going had got tough when she sat down to watch State of Origin with a few mates and couldn't indulge in a drink.

"That was a bit hard," she laughed.

Working most days behind the bar at Maroochy RSL, there have been times when the lure of an ice-cold beer has proven almost irresistible.

"Last night, taking beers out to the customers, I thought, 'I could really go for one of those'," she said.

But telling customers about her Dry July attempt has helped raise money.

"It has helped me a lot with fundraising," she said.

"People feel a little sorry for you when they hear that you can't have a drink and so many people are so generous when they find out why you're involved.

"It's amazing to see how many people are behind this important cause. It goes to show it's close to home for many of us."

After almost getting to the end of the month without a drop of alcohol, Miss Brereton said she had never felt better and had a huge sense of achievement.

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said Dry July was a challenge that rewarded participants with a great feeling of well-being.

"Those who have registered to go booze-free this July in support of Cancer Council Queensland are providing hope that together we can beat this disease," Ms Clift said.

Visit http://www.dryjuly.com to support Miss Brereton or for more information.


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