Relay For Life

Event Date: 
Saturday, 21 March 2015 to Sunday, 22 March 2015
12:00pm - 12:00pm
Careville Showgrounds, Chester Road, Clareville

Relay For Life is an inspiring, overnight team event for people of all ages and fitness levels. It is one of the Cancer Society’s key community engagement and fundraising activities, and Relay For Life events are held in over 20 communities across New Zealand.

Relay For Life begins with a moving Opening Ceremony, with cancer survivors and caregivers leading the first lap of the event. Next, team members take to the track. Most walk for 30 minute intervals, while some prefer to jog or run. 

Later in the evening, a Candlelight Ceremony is held. This is a time to remember loved ones affected by cancer. People taking part light candles inside personally-decorated candle bags, which are placed around the Relay track as glowing tributes to family and friends. 

Team members carry on walking or jogging through the night. This represents the fact that cancer never sleeps. At least one member of the team is on the track at all times. In the morning, teams come together for an inspiring Closing Ceremony.

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