SOME of the region's community leaders will be giving their drinking hand a rest during the month of July by taking part in the Dry July campaign to raise funds for Our House.
With Clarence Valley residents having spent time at the Lismore Base Hospital's Our House during cancer treatment, the leaders are encouraging all to jump on board and show their support.
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell said she enjoyed a glass of wine after a long council meeting but was happy to give it up for a cause.
"The opportunity to assist Our House while taking a break from alcohol is a win-win for both my health and to help promote this wonderful community facility," she said.
"I hope (other) councillors and the community will support me and chip in a few dollars towards this good cause.
"Who knows, they might even take the Dry July pledge too."
Dry July co-founder Phil Grove said Dry July was a lighthearted approach to raising funds for a serious issue.
"Our House has been a wonderful project for this area and fills the needs of many who come to Lismore for treatment," Mr Grove said.
In the past four years, Dry July has raised more than $270,000 from more than 1100 participants to help build Our House.
Signing up to Dry July is simple and free.
Commit to a month off the grog and follow the steps.
Step 1: Visit the Dry July website at http://www.dryjuly.com.
Step 2: Create your profile page and choose Lismore Base Hospital Our House.
Step 3: Encourage your friends and peers to sponsor you or donate to you.
Step 4: Enjoy a month off the grog and know you are helping people with cancer and the Our House project.