Relay For Life

Whats it all about

Relay For Life is an inspiring community event that gives everyone a chance to celebrate cancer survivors and carers; remember loved ones lost to cancer; and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of Cancer Society. Relay For Life is for people of all ages and fitness levels - anyone can take part!

Relay For Life involves teams of people who walk or run around a track. In a relay style, each team needs to have at least one participant on the track throughout the event.


Why we need you

The Cancer Society doesn’t receive any direct government funding, so we rely on the support and generosity of the community. The money raised through Relay For Life stays in the region and helps people in our community through the Cancer Society’s support services, health promotion programmes and cancer research.

Everyone and anyone can be involved. If you have a connection to someone who has been through cancer or is going through cancer today, or if you want to make a difference and help us reduce cancer tomorrow then Relay For Life is for you.


Fun event

Relay For Life brings people from all walks of life together for a common cause. It beings with an Opening Ceremony, with cancer survivors and carers leading the first lap of the event. Next, team members take to the track. Most walk, while some prefer to jog or run.

Personally-inscribed candle bags are placed around the track, and their light emits a warm glow throughout Relay venue. Team members continue to walk or jog until the teams come together for an inspiring Closing Ceremony.

Teams are made up of friends, family, co-workers, and your local community. Relay For Life is a fun event with every team bringing its own special energy by creating campsites and enjoying the entertainment and each other’s company. Worldwide, more than five million people take part in a Relay For Life event every year.



It is an excellent event for your school to become involved in as students will be immersed in the power of the community spirit with participation, awareness and fundraising. For more information click here.


For more information about Relay For Life and to enter online click here

 2020 events in the Canterbury-West Coast area:

Otautahi (Christchurch)                                        10 October 2020


If you would like to join a Relay For Life committee or are a business and would like to show your support for people with cancer by sponsoring Relay For Life, please contact your local centre