DRY JULY: Kingaroy's Daniel Clacy enjoys a refreshing water in the lead up to Dry July.
DRY JULY: Kingaroy's Daniel Clacy enjoys a refreshing water in the lead up to Dry July. Matt Collins

Home brewer goes dry for July

AS A talented and passionate home brewer, Kingaroy's Daniel Clacy is about to carry out the ultimate beer lover's sin.

He is not going to drink beer for a whole month.

As part of the annual Dry July campaign, the apprentice electrician has signed up for his sixth consecutive year going alcohol-free and raising funds for cancer research.

He has raised close to $6000 over the years, but he initially started just to see if he could last a month without alcohol.

"I wanted to see if I could do it,” Mr Clacy said.

Dry July is a foundation particularly close to Mr Clacy's heart as his mother was diagnosed with a severe form of cancer.

That was about five years ago, and he is proud to say she has since made a full recovery.

"Only two per cent survive, so she was really lucky,” he said.

Some people might say going alcohol free for a month is no major feat of human tenacity.

But for a self-confessed big drinker, Mr Clacy said it's always a challenging part of the year.

"When I was younger, it was nothing for me to have 20 beers in a night,” he said.

As a long-time member of the South Burnett Saints Australian Rules Football Club, the temptation to have a celebratory drink is only too common.

"Every game, there are always beers in the dressing rooms afterwards,” he said.

"It is always a beer here and a beer there.”

But the innovative fundraiser has found a way to make that work in his favour.

"I say to them, 'don't shout me a beer, just give me a donation',” he said.

The thoughts of people like his mum with a potentially fatal condition always makes it that much easier to say no to a tempting cold ale.

"Not having a beer is a choice, you don't get the choice to not have cancer,” Mr Clacy said.

South Burnett

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