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Relay For Life


Sat 24 Mar 2012, 12:00pm

Where: Pukekura Function Centre, Rogan Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: CancerSocietyCD

Relay For Life is not a race – it’s a celebration and awareness raising event for cancer survivors, their carers, whānau and friends.

The concept of Relay For Life began in 1985, when Dr Gordon Klatt, a surgeon and American Cancer Society volunteer, ran and walked 81 miles on a local track for 24 hours. He raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. From his experience the Relay For Life event evolved. Today, Relay is the world's largest cancer fundraising event in 23 countries around the world. It is also the American Cancer Society's signature programme for advocacy and cancer awareness.

In 2001 the Cancer Society of New Zealand held their first Relay For Life in Palmerston North. It was a tremendous success raising $189,000. In 2002 Otago/Southland, Canterbury/West Coast, and Central Regions held Relay For Life events. Other divisions around the country soon followed with their own relay success stories.

In 2011, 17 relays were held across New Zealand and raised nearly $3 million.

Relay is a wonderful source of inspiration for thousands of people year after year. Resourced by volunteers and supported by many community-minded businesses, Relay For Life unites the community in the fight against cancer.

“As a small family team at our first relay we had an amazing time and we can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Here's how it works:
■ Relay teams consist of ten members or more. A team captain is elected, sometimes with a co-captain working alongside them.
■ A team name and theme is selected.
■ Team members submit a registration fee which will vary according to where the event is being held. This registration fee helps to cover the cost of relay t-shirts, participant kits and breakfast on Sunday morning.
■ Teams are encouraged to set a fundraising goal and raise between $100-$200 per team member. Fundraising is completed prior to the event and can be achieved either individually or as a team. All funds banked are credited to the team total so that each team can track its success.
■ At least one team member should be on the track at all times. There are no rules about how fast your baton should move around the track, just keep it moving!
■ Participants can camp overnight and stay for the whole event or just visit and do a few laps.

“We warmly welcome you to this unique community event. Take up the challenge and the baton. Support a team and join us for this fun and special event that is Relay For Life.”

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