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.