Bring your family and friends together to help save lives
On the day of a Relay event you can expect a lively mix of music, games, entertainment, food, fundraising – and perhaps a few surprises! Throughout the event, lots of fun activities take place and help to create a carnival atmosphere.
Although every Relay is unique, there are key elements that can be found in all Relay events across the world:
Survivors' Lap of Honour
Every Relay For Life begins with the inspiring Survivors' Lap of Honour. Cancer survivors walk the first lap, cheered and supported by the community. Together we celebrate life and the efforts we are all making to help beat cancer.
As the celebrations are in full swing, members of each team take turns to walk around the track for the duration of the Relay. All Relays are overnight, marking the fact that cancer never sleeps.
Candle of Hope ceremony
As the evening draws in, everyone gathers to light Candles of Hope and pay tribute to those whose lives have been affected by cancer. Bags are decorated and filled with sand and a glowing candle. When the candles are lit, poignant messages of remembrance and celebration glow around the track. With the ceremony in their minds the teams return to the Relay.
The closing ceremony
At the end of the Relay, everyone joins together for a final lap to celebrate their fundraising achievements and look back on an unforgettable Relay For Life.
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