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Relay For Life



Relay For Life

What is Relay For Life?

Relay For Life is a chance for communities to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them. Relay also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.


Why do we Relay?

Thousands of Australians participate in over 200 Relays across Australia each year. Some people Relay in memory of a loved one lost to cancer. Some do it to show how proud they are at having survived cancer. Some do it to show they are strong enough to beat cancer. And some simply want to be involved and make a difference! Whatever your reasons, you’ll never forget your first Relay experience! You can read personal stories from Relayers to find out more.

Relay participants are encouraged to fundraise in the lead up to the event, with all money raised supporting Cancer Council’s vital research, prevention and support services. You can find a bunch of fundraising tips on the Relay website, as well as some great useful downloads to help you promote your fundraising efforts to the masses.


Who can participate?

Anyone and everyone!

Relay For Life events also rely on the generosity of volunteers. Check out the difference you can make by volunteering at Relay.


When and where does Relay happen?

There is no one fixed date or place for Relay. Events happen all over Australia, and all year round! Find a Relay near to you, and either start your own team or join an existing team.


Reasons to Relay

Move your body

Did you know that you can lower your risk of cancer by being physically active every day, so why not add Relay to your list of ways to get active and exercise.

It’s for a great cause

Every single donation counts, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a gold coin donation or $500 donation.

Community event

Relay celebrates cancer survivors, carers, and their friends and families – bringing communities together at Relay’s across Australia almost every weekend of the year.

Team event

Relay For Life is a team event, filled with families and friends coming together to do their part to fight cancer. It’s also a great opportunity to get your workplace together and form a corporate team.

Support and fight back

Individual and team fundraising gives you a project to focus on, especially if someone you know is or has been affected by cancer.

For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org.au or for general inquiries call 1300 65 65 85.


This page was last updated on: Thursday, April 28, 2016