Khamla Mott is trading the Rum and coke for tea as part of Dry July, 2016.
Khamla Mott is trading the Rum and coke for tea as part of Dry July, 2016. Ali Kuchel

Khamla’s giving up the booze for Dry July

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Imagine what it would be like attending but not being able to celebrate with an alcoholic drink.

That's what Gatton PhD student Khamla Mott is doing, raising funds for Dry July.

"I was thinking I wouldn't do it this year, I'll have a break," Ms Mott said.

"But my mum's friend had been really sick with cancer and just passed away, so this year I'm doing it for her, Amy Lobegieger," she said.

However it's not the first time Ms Mott has put down her favourite rum and coke for charity several times.

It's the sixth year she's participated in Dry July, and sometimes she extends the challenge into August.

"Sometimes I'll be feeling good and I'll go through July and August with no alcohol," she said.

"It's only a few weeks without a drink.

Khamla Mott is trading the Rum and coke for tea as part of Dry July, 2016.
Khamla Mott is trading the Rum and coke for tea as part of Dry July, 2016. Ali Kuchel

"It's tough, but it's nothing compared to what people with cancer are dealing with and going through."

Describing herself as a "social drinker" Ms Mott has traded her favourite rum and coke for a cup of tea.

"I'm a regular social drinker, that's why people are quite surprised I can last a month," she said.

"I've had to swap the red wine at night for Milo to warm up too."

She said a benefit to not drinking was no hangovers and saving money.

To help Ms Mott raise funds for cancer patients and their families, head here to Khamla's Dry July page



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