Relay For Life is a moving community event that brings people together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against cancer.
Teams of 10 or more fundraise by walking or running batons around an athletics track or park – normally overnight. Docklands Relay For Life is a corporate event for eight hours and is held at Etihad Stadium – you actually get to walk around the oval! Participants are encouraged decorate their team space in the stands and cheer on their team-members.
Throughout the event there are a number of moving ceremonies, including a survivors and carers walk, and candlelight ceremony to remember loved ones lost and support those currently facing cancer.
Relay For Life has rapidly expanded in Australia since the first event here in 1999. More than 125,000 Australians participate and raise around $20 million for the Cancer Council each year. In February 2013, the inaugural corporate Relay For Life event was held at Etihad Stadium, with over 400 participants raising almost $90,000!
There are many ways you can contribute – join a team and start to fundraise, contribute to other teams’ fundraising efforts, be a contact for your organisation and encourage your colleagues to form a team or teams, offer to help the volunteer organising committee, be a volunteer helper on the day of the event.
How do funds raised fight cancer?
All funds raised go towards Cancer Council Victoria’s research, prevention programs and support services for those affected by cancer in every Victorian community.
- Fund internationally recognised research, which underpins work in prevention and support and drives improvements in cancer survival.
- Provide practical support for Victorians affected by cancer, including the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20), face-to-face support groups and Cancer Connect, which links those affected by cancer to someone who has been through a similar experience.
- Implement prevention programs, like SunSmart and Quit, to help Victorians cut their cancer risk.
- Advocate for better health policies, for example, banning solariums and new plain packaging laws for tobacco.
To get more information about how you or your organisation can get involved in the Docklands Relay For Life event, contact Elise Hopper on 9285 1247 or Cris Lumley on 9275 9569.
To register a team or to join a team, click here – Docklands Relay For Life 2014
To learn more about Relay For Life, call 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.relayforlife.org.au