Join thousands of Australians in the fight against cancer at the Sunshine Coast Cancer Council's Relay for Life. This annual event is a fun and emotionally-charged, overnight experience that raises much-needed funds for the Cancer Council's research, prevention, information and support services. Relay for Life gives the Sunshine Coast community an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate local cancer survivors; patients and their carers; and to pay tribute to cherished family members and friends, who have lost their fight to cancer, whilst raising crucial money to help save lives in the future.
What exactly is Relay for Life?
Teams of ten to fifteen participants get together with tents and sleeping bags for a fun overnight camp-out, usually at a local high school, park or showground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays for Life are overnight events and each team is encouraged to have a team representative on the track at ALL times!
Become a Team Leader, with your own team - are you a natural leader with a passion to make a difference in the fight against cancer? Relay for Life is looking for people from all walks of life who would love to make a commitment to this fantastic cause.
Join a team - join an existing team, by searching for a Team Name or Team Leader's Name.
If you are planning on registering a heap load of participants i.e. from a local school, please contact 1300 65 65 85, should you require team invoicing.
Early Bird Registrations are still available until 10 May
Survivors and Carers Walk - Relay for Life celebrate cancer survivors by inviting them to participate in the Survivors Lap, the first lap around the track.
Candlelight Ceremony of Hope: Saturday 18 May @ 7.00pm - The Candlelight Ceremony is a highlight of Relay for Life. A Candlelight is a small bag filled with sand containing a candle that makes it glow. Each Candlelight carries the name of a person who has battled cancer.
Each Candlelight carries the name of a person who has battled cancer
At dusk all the candles along the track are lit, to burn into the night, honouring and memorialising those who have faced cancer … lighting a path of hope.
Closing Ceremony: Sunday 19 May @ 8.00am - the Relay for Life event closes with the upbeat fight-back ceremony, which reminds participants that they have the power to change the course of this disease.
And in-between all these memorable ceremonies there will be heaps of other fun activities:
Entertainment including kids' activities, live music and competitions (throughout the day and night);
Keep those team members walking … or running … or skipping!
Participants to Relay for Life need to ensure they come prepared! Check the weather forecast the night before in case of rain. Because Relay runs overnight, the temperatures can be cold. Here is a list of things that teams should be sure to have on hand for this special weekend.
Lights, camera, cure! Important fundraisers like Relay for Life need our continued help to ensure their success and what a fabulously, fun way to get involved. Create your team (or join one) and get those movie character outfits at the ready, for an exciting overnight camp-out! And, of course, don't forget the all-important donations towards Relay for Life and let's make the Sunshine Coast event the best one ever!
All images courtesy of Relay for Life Facebook and Relay for Life website