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7th December 2020

Dry January is catalyst for charity support with ERDINGER Alkoholfrei-days

With millions expected to moderate their alcohol consumption during dry January, Bavarian non-alcoholic wheat beer ERDINGER Alkoholfrei is using the month as the catalyst to collaborate with 5k Your Way (5KYW), an initiative provided by MOVE Charity. Its aim is to help raise awareness and funds for the charity which supports people living with and beyond cancer through the power of movement.

ERDINGER Alkoholfrei-days will encourage people to go a step further than giving up alcohol this Dry January and reflect on their overall health and wellbeing, building on the brands’ close association with promoting an active lifestyle alongside responsible drinking. By completing a 5k walk, jog or run on one or more of the five Fridays in January, and donating to the charity, participants can improve their own health and support the work of 5KYW.

Registrations are now open for anyone wanting to take part in ERDINGER Alkoholfrei-days in January at

Peter Gowans, UK Coordinator for ERDINGER Alkoholfrei explained “5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer is a fantastic community-based initiative that was co-founded by Gemma Hillier-Moses and Lucy Gossage. For many years, Lucy was a professional triathlete in Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei and now works with cancer patients as an Oncologist, so is knowledgeable about the positive impact that keeping active can have. As parkruns are cancelled indefinitely, their regular supportive meet ups have been on hold so we wanted to channel some positive energy, and funds, into their work as lockdown has shown us just how important exercise is to both physical and mental health.

“We know the importance of supporting an active lifestyle with a good diet and, with its isotonic properties, ERDINGER Alkoholfrei provides the body directly with valuable nutrients” continued Gowans. “It also contains the essential vitamins folic acid (B9) and B12 which can help reduce fatigue and tiredness. The positive effects of polyphenols contained in ERDINGER Alkoholfrei were examined by the Technical University of Munich in the world’s largest marathon study “Be-MaGIC” and proven to stimulate the immune system.”

In normal circumstances, 5KYW encourages those living with, and beyond, cancer, their families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local parkrun event on the last Saturday of each month.

“So many people have felt the benefit of taking more regular exercise during lockdown” said the charity’s co-founder, Lucy Gossage “but we have been unable to organise our routine monthly group meet-ups that are combined with parkruns and have been offering alternative assistance instead. We remain passionate about supporting people living with and beyond cancer through the power of movement and are thrilled that ERDINGER Alkoholfrei is running this promotion to help us continue our work by encouraging some kind of activity, epitomised by the ambition to reach 5k. We hope that people who take stock of their health and drinking habits during Dry January will get involved by taking part in some activity on one or more ERDINGER Alkoholfrei-days that month – whether that be running, jogging or walking a 5k or completing it in whatever way they feel they can safely manage.”

With regular events unable to take place, a Lockdown Resources area was established on the 5KYW website which includes live Q&A’s, blogs from the community, cancer and exercise experts and virtual Move Your Way sessions on the last Saturday of the month. With the help of their brilliant volunteers, the charity also accumulated enough community walk/jog/run miles to make it ‘Around the World in 80 days’.

“The COVID pandemic has made life for people living with and after cancer even more challenging and isolating than normal, with fewer opportunities to exercise and withdrawal of many of the normal cancer support networks” added Lucy Gossage. “As soon as things return to a relative normality and it is safe to do so, we will be ready to re-launch our established groups and launch a network of new ones to provide immediate support and encourage as many people as possible to get active and stay active in a positive environment despite a cancer diagnosis.”

Anyone who wants to start off the New Year with a positive resolution can join in with ERDINGER Alkoholfrei-days, the first being Friday 1st January 2021, by registering at Participants can complete their activity at any point in the week and for as many weeks as they like and either upload a Garmin tracker, or enter details manually to record them. Entry is by donation to 5k Your Way Move Against Cancer of £5 for each week of participation and photos or stories submitted from activity will be welcome. Anyone completing all five ERDINGER Alkoholfrei-days will receive a medal marking their achievements.

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About 5k Your Way Move Against Cancer 

MOVE charity was founded in 2016 by international athlete Gemma Hillier-Moses who was diagnosed with stage 3 Burkett’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, in 2012 at the age of 24. She was told to rest and was not given any advice or help about exercising and cancer.

Oncologist and ex-professional triathlete, Lucy Gossage, championed the benefits behind exercising with and beyond cancer to her colleagues and patients but there was no platform to signpost them to. Gemma and Lucy united to launch 5k Your Way Move Against Cancer and there are currently 63 active 5k Your Way groups across the UK and Ireland involving over 175 ambassadors who all volunteer to lead their group, with every group linked to their local parkrun event.

Their goal is to encourage everyone diagnosed to live a healthy and active life and give them the opportunity to attend one of the 5k Your Way groups to start Moving Against Cancer.With co-founders, Gemma and Lucy, at the forefront of 5KYW , the community is made up ofparticipants and volunteers; individuals who have been affected by cancer.

About ERDINGER Alkoholfrei 

The non-alcoholic beer from private Bavarian brewery ERDINGER Weissbräu is a true multi-talent. Spicy malt notes harmonise excellently with caramel-sweet nuances. Enjoyment is enhanced by the stimulating bitterness of our aroma hops and a hint of light, fruity acidity. This is rounded out by finely sparkling carbonic acid. A compelling combination which has made our isotonic recovery drink Germany’s most popular non-alcoholic beer. A varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are important. ERDINGER Alkoholfrei supports these.

ERDINGER Alkoholfrei champions a team of professional and amateur athletes and is the beer of choice for those wanting to pursue a healthy lifestyle but still enjoy a refreshing glass of beer. The isotonic[1] properties of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei make it an ideal post-exercise recovery drink and is welcomed at the end of marathon, cycling and triathlon events around the UK when the racing calendar permits.

[1]Isotonic drinks have the same so-called osmotic pressure (approx. 290 mosmol/kg) as human blood, i.e. they have the same concentration of dissolved particles. As a result, the concentration of such drinks does not first need to be compensated by the body and the ingredients can be absorbed immediately and enter the bloodstream.

Press release from Kate Hempsall on behalf of Erdinger

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