Illawarra 2023

Welcome! Relay For Life is a fun and moving experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, and support services. Relay is a chance for the community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, those going through a cancer experience and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost and to raise money to help save more lives. Join the thousands of Australians who take part in Cancer Council’s Relay For Life each year and make strides towards a cancer free future: start or join a team in the 2023 Relay today! If you have any questions reach out to your Community Fundraising Coordinator: Vanessa Ng (02) 4223 0202 |

Frequently asked questions

Event Information

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Adult & Youth Registration 

  • Early Bird Adult (18+) until 21st July: $20 per person
  • Standard Adult (18+) from 22nd July: $25 per person 
  • Early Bird Youth / Student* until 21st July: $15 per person (*with student card) 
  • Youth (14-17) / Student* from 22nd July: $20 per person (*with student card)
  • Youth (8-13): $15 per person
  • Child (0-7): FREE
  • Survivor and Carer Lap Only: FREE

Family registration

  • Early Bird Family (2 x Adults + 2 x Youth) until 21st July: $40
  • Standard Family (2 x Adults + 2 x Youth) from 22nd July: $60


RFL Shirts are free with proof of registration and can be picked up art the registration tent on the day, although we encourage you to reuse old shirts. 


Opening Ceremony: 9am Saturday 21st October 2023

Candlelight Ceremony: 8:15pm Saturday 21st October 2023

Information Sessions

Come find out more about the Illawarra Relay!

We will be at the Innovation Campus (right near the pond) on:

  • Saturday 9th September, 12pm - 2pm
  • Saturday 16th September, 1pm - 3pm

Join us to find out more how you can make a difference through participating in Relay For Life. Already participating? Come along and we can answer all your questions about the day.

    On The Day

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    What happens on the day?

    Get excited because the Relay has arrived!

    Check with your Relay Event Coordinator Vanessa Ng – (02) 4223 0202 or for special info about the Illawarra Relay.

    Here's what to expect at Relay:

    • Opening Ceremony
    • Survivors and Carers Walk
    • Entertainment
    • Candlelight Ceremony of Hope
    • Keep those team members walking!

    You don’t have to stay on the track all 12 hours, but we encourage teams to have at least one person on the track at all times to get the most out of your Relay experience.

    What to bring to Relay

    Be sure to come to Relay prepared! Check the forecast the night before and be prepared for inclement weather. Remember, Relay runs for 12 hours and can be cold. Here’s a list of things that teams should be sure to have handy on the day:

    • Tent(s), marquees for your campsite
    • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm
    • Your Relay For Life shirt
    • Comfortable walking/running shoes
    • Warm clothing (pants, jackets, beanies, gloves, etc.)
    • Torch and spare batteries
    • Wet weather gear (raincoat, poncho, umbrella, etc.)
    • A change of clothes
    • Camping gear (Tent, sleeping bag, pillows, blankets, esky, cutlery, cups, water bottle, food and drink.
    • Folding chairs and tables
    • Plastic sheeting or rubber-backed rug (good on cold or damp ground)
    • Campsite decorations and team banners
    • Team costumes
    • Money and loose change
    • Camera to capture those special moments
    • Any used or unused raffle books
    • Your team!

    What not to bring

    • Pets (guide dogs and service dogs are welcome)
    • Bikes, scooters, or roller blades/skates
    • Glass
    • Fundraising money that you want to bank (please bank any money prior to the event or the next business day after Relay)
    • Remember, Relay For Life is a smoke-free event.


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    Thanks for your interest in Relay For Life! Here’s an overview of what will be happening on the day.

    Saturday 21 October 2023

    Time Activity Location
    8:00am Team check-in opens Registration Desk
    9:00am Opening Ceremony Stage
    9:30am Survivors & Carers Walk Track
    8:15pm Candlelight Ceremony Stage


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    Thanks to our fantastic sponsors:

    Relay For Life is a community event and it would not be possible without the support we receive from our community.  In particular, there are local businesses that provide us with monetary and in-kind support.

    If you would like your business to become a sponsor of Relay For Life contact Vanessa Ng – (02) 4223 0202  | 


    Survivors & Carers

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    Survivors & Carers

    Relay For Life is a time for our community to come together and celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who are no longer with us and fight back against cancer.

    If you or anyone you love has ever heard the words ‘you have cancer’, you know how much if affects us and the people around us. No one should face cancer alone, so whether you’re a Survivor or Carer, getting involved in your local Relay For Life can introduce you to others who are facing similar challenges and create opportunities for sharing stories, friendship and hope.

    To honour your inspiring journey, you’re invited to be our Guest of Honour at Relay For Life.

    You can choose to walk in the Survivor and Carer’s Lap of Honour or just come along for the celebrations.

    We are currently finalising details for Survivors and Carers. We encourage you to pre-register for the Survivors and Carers Lap and we will notify you once details are confirmed.

    To register for the Survivors and Carers Lap, click here and select a Survivor Carer Lap ticket.

    Our communities wouldn’t be the same without you, so thank you! 

    If you are having trouble registering, please contact Vanessa Ng – (02) 4223 0202 |

    Under 18s

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    Parent or Guardian Consent

    If you are under 18 years of age, you are required to have a parent or guardian complete a Parental Consent Form before the event.

    This form will be emailed to youth upon registering for the event.

    All youth are required to have the consent of their parent/guardian via the form above. Failure to do so will result in the youth being unable to attend the Relay For Life event.

    There will be limited on the day registrations available.

    Youth Team Supervisors

    All participants under 18 years of age are required to have a supervisor over the age of 21 present with their team for the duration of the event.

    You must register your supervisor by completing the Youth Supervisor Form that is emailed to you upon registering as a youth. It is the responsibility of the parent, guardian, team captain or youth to ensure the youth supervisor has completed this form.

    If a youth team attends Relay For Life without the required number of supervisors over the age of 21, the team will not be able to participate.

    Please note that for youth teams, you must have 1 supervisor per 10 youth participants.

    If you are a School Team, please contact your Relay event coordinator Vanessa Ng –  (02) 4223 0202 |

    COVID-19 information

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    COVID 19  

    COVID-19 restrictions and requirements are forever changing, and as a result, this Relay For Life event is subject to change. Here at Cancer Council NSW, we will follow the latest advice and guidelines from the NSW Government to ensure the safety of everyone involved in a Relay For Life 2023.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors


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