Cancer Council Australia

Annual Review 2015-2016

Relay for Life

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Relay For Life is a worldwide movement hosted in over 25 countries and is Cancer Council’s signature community fundraising event. It brings together groups of local residents to recognise those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them. It also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Relay For Life happens overnight in various communities around Australia throughout the year. Each event is organised by local committees of volunteers on behalf of Cancer Council. Teams of friends, families and colleagues get together and fundraise year-round before meeting at their local Relay to celebrate their amazing fundraising achievements. The local residents join together to participate in a relay-style walk or run, challenging themselves to keep at least one team member on the track throughout the night to signify the journey of a cancer patient.

In 2015, Relay For Life raised over $18.5 million, with over 112,000 participants making up 8405 teams in 194 events across Australia. Australia is the third highest ranking fundraising country in the world, after the US, where the initiative started, and Canada.

This page was last updated on: Friday, October 21, 2016