What is Relay for Life? Relay for Life is about being a community that celebrates, remembers and fights back against cancer.
Funds raised locally are be held in the Taranaki region are used for cancer research, prevention, and support services services.
The concept involves a team of walkers/runners either walking or running around an Athletic Track. The team always has one member on the track at any one time. The aim is for each team to raise as much money as possible prior to the event and to complete the 24 hours around the track. As the relay runs for 24 hours teams are given a tent site which they can use as a base throughout the event.
Teams are encouraged to come up with ‘themes’ for themselves and their site. There is entertainment provided throughout the event for teams and the public to enjoy. Each team member pays $15 to participate and is then required to fundraise $100 or more before the event. A team of 10 participants should aim to raise at least $1,000.
The opening ceremony of Relay is dedicated to survivors and carers, and is a celebration of life and hope. It starts with a lap of honour to celebrate the determination and courage of anyone who is living with, or has recovered from cancer and their carers. At dusk a special memorial candle light service is held where the whole track is lit to honour those who lost the battle to cancer, or are currently battling the disease.
Make up a work, community or family team and stay overnight to join in the carnival style atmosphere!
Registrations are open from July 1, 2010.
Added: 19th December 2010
Last Modified: 21st March 2011