PROUD PARENTS: Neil and Dorothy Saines of Ballina are overjoyed their son Ian Saines of Sydney has been raising money during Dry July for the Lismore Base Hospital.
PROUD PARENTS: Neil and Dorothy Saines of Ballina are overjoyed their son Ian Saines of Sydney has been raising money during Dry July for the Lismore Base Hospital. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Dry July's glass runneth over

BOTTOMS up! Dry July is over.

The fundraiser that calls to abstain from drinking alcohol during July raised more than $85,000 for Lismore Base Hospital this year.

Sydney's Ian Saines, a banker, was the second- highest individual fundraiser for the whole country this year with $17,935.

Lismore Base Hospital will be the recipient of his fundraising work for the second time.

Mr Saines celebrated the end of Dry July and the amount money raised with "a glass of red wine" and thanked his workmates at Commonwealth Bank for the support he received on this activity.

Instead of asking Mr Saines for his reason to fundraise for Lismore Base Hospital, we met his family:

Dorothy and Neil Saines (Ian's parents) have been married for 53 years, have five children and have lived in Ballina for 21 years.

Dorothy defeated cancer 12 years ago.

In 2008, Neil overcame an aggressive and rare type of cancer that had him "over the other side" for a short while.

"They call me the miracle man at Lismore Base Hospital," Neil said.

Deborah, their eldest daughter, was first diagnosed with cancer over a decade ago and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

Joanne, another of the Saines' children, has worked at Lismore Base Hospital for more than two decades.

All money fundraised in this year's Dry July for Lismore Base Hospital will benefit the "Our House" project.

When completed, Our House will provide temporary accommodation for cancer patients undergoing treatment at Lismore Base Hospital.

"It would have been great to have something like that when Neil was sick. Caring for Neil and then driving home every day was very tiring for me at the time," Mrs Saines said.

Ian Saines was also the second biggest individual fundraiser for 2011's Dry July in Australia with more than $17,000.

TOP OF THE GAME

Biggest Dry July fundraisers for Lismore Base Hospital in 2012:

Ian Saines ($17,885), Ashleigh Nelson ($3435), Brigid Juhanson ($2540), Mal Fielding ($2207) and Brian Henry ($1876).



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