2 September 2017



What is Relay For Life?
CANSA’s Relay For Life is an annual, overnight event where everyone in the community can join in the fight against cancer. Relay For Life is a joined community event not only to raise money but also to CELEBRATE the lives of those who survived cancer and those still fighting this terrible disease. It’s also an event to REMEMBER those who we have lost due to cancer; and to FIGHT BACK against a disease that takes too much!

Building a team and more
To participate in CANSA Relay For Life you recruit friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to join you in a Relay team. In the weeks leading up to the event each team member raises money by collecting donations or holding fundraising events. On the day of Relay team members take turns walking around the track or in our case we will be diving! Making sure that someone from their team is on the track at all times. Many don’t sleep that night because cancer doesn’t sleep. In addition to the team members who are walking on the track or diving in the tank, hundreds of other participants camp out and together create a community party atmosphere.

Celebration and inspiration
Each Relay For Life starts with the Survivors’ and Caregivers’ Lap, a testimony to the fact that so many people today are surviving cancer. Cancer survivors from the community walk the first lap around the oval to celebrate their victories while everyone else cheers them on.
The most inspirational time of Relay For Life is the Luminaria or Candle of Hope Ceremony which takes place after sundown. This is when we honour cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease. A candle bag is filled with sand holding a small candle. When the candle is lit, the candle bag casts a warm golden glow.

Walking the talk
Every Relay For Life is a smoke and alcohol free event. This event gives us the opportunity to ‘walk the talk’ and show the community how easy it is to follow a cancer smart lifestyle, reducing the risk of developing cancer through dietary, sun protection and exercise measures.