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About Relay For Life

Relay For Life is a fun and moving experience that raises vital funds for Cancer Council WA’s research, prevention and support services. Our incredible community have been Relaying since 1985.

How it works


Register and join an event in your local community.

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Spread the word

Invite friends to join you and raise funds to support those impacted by cancer.


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Unite with your community and take strides against cancer.

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Find a Relay For Life near you

Relay Date Where
Bunbury 2024 Starts on 2 Nov – Ends 3 Nov

Payne Park, East Bunbury, 6230

West Coast 2024

Starts on 12 Oct – Ends 13 Oct

HBF Arena, Joondalup 6027

UWA 2024

Starts on 5 Oct – Ends 6 October

UWA, Riley Oval, Crawley 6009

History of Relay For Life

Relay For Life began in the USA in May 1985 when colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt, wanted to raise awareness of cancer and boost the income of his local cancer charity. He spent a gruelling twenty-four hours circulating a track in Tacoma, Washington, and raised over US$27,000, showing that one person really can make a difference.

Since then, Relay For Life has become the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world. Celebrated by more than 4 million people in over 20 countries, this inspirational overnight event empowers and unites local communities to make strides toward our ultimate vision – a cancer free future.

Relay For Life began in Australia in 1999 when the Victorian community of Murrumbeena raised over $75,000 for Cancer Council. Relays are now held in every Australian State and Territory, with more than 134,000 participants raising over $14 million each year. Every dollar raised goes towards funding Cancer Council’s vital research, prevention and support programs, many of which help people in your community every day.

Register as a Team Leader

Are you a natural leader? Do you have the passion to make a difference and help us get closer to a cancer free future? It doesn’t matter who you are — a community member, school or university student, mother, father, carer or survivor — we need you as a part of the Relay For Life movement.

Join a Team 

There is no I in team, and no Relay For Life without people like you. Commit to playing your part in achieving a cancer free future by joining a team today.

Join a pre-existing team by searching for the Team Name or Team Leader’s Name. If you don’t have a team, you can still register by searching for your local event and clicking register.

If you’re registering bulk participants or require team invoicing (e.g. School Participants), please contact your local office by phoning 1300 65 65 85

Participate as a Survivor and Carer 

If you or anyone you love has ever heard the words “you have cancer”, you know that it can be life-changing. No one should ever face cancer alone and getting involved in your local Relay For Life is a great way for Survivors and Carers to meet and share stories of friendship and hope.

To honour those who have either faced or cared for someone going through cancer, Survivors and Carers are invited as our Relay For Life Guests of Honour. You can choose to walk in the Survivor and Carer’s Lap of Honour or just come along for the celebrations. Our communities wouldn’t be the same without you, so thank you!

To register as a Survivor or Carer, search for your local event and click on the Survivors and Carers Lap button. 

In the past seven years, Relayers in Australia have raised over $137.5 million. This is where that money went.

Here’s how you’re making a difference

At Cancer Council we believe it’s so important to show you, our supporters, just how vital Relay For Life is in helping us achieve a cancer free future. As a not-for-profit, we rely on the generosity of the community to fund our vital programs and services. Through support from events like Relay For Life, more than 61,000 Australian lives have been saved over the last 20 years. Improvements in cancer prevention and screening mean that less people will hear the words, “you have cancer”. Advances to cancer treatments allow those impacted by cancer to spend more time with their loved ones. These achievements are only possible through the support of people like you. By continuing to participate in Relay For Life we will save more lives.

Thank you for being a part of the Relay for Life movement.