Penguin 2023

Welcome! Relay For Life is a fun and moving experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and supportive care 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. All funds raised in Tasmania, stay in Tasmania. 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 Penguin Relay today!

This event is now closed

Frequently asked questions

Event Information

Registration fees 

Child (0-6) $0 per person

Youth $25 per person

Adult (18+) $30 per person

Youth $30 per person on the day

Adult (18+) $35 per person on the day

Refund Policy

Cancer Council do not offer refunds and our general policy is to treat your money as a donation. Should you have made an error whilst registering or donating please contact your local Cancer Council office for assistance.


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 Tasmania, we are doing our best to stay on top of these shifting requirements to ensure our events are safe and adhere to Tasmanian Government guidelines. We will do our best to notify Relay For Life participants of these changes as they occur.
Please note that for the safety of all our participants, Relay For Life events will be registration only. 

To find out more about the Penguin Relay please contact Erin Walker 6419 4206 |


Opening Ceremony (CELEBRATE): 1pm Saturday

Candle Light Ceremony (REMEMBER): 8pm Saturday

Closing Ceremony (FIGHT BACK): 9am Sunday


Awards available at the event include:

  •  Best Team Theme
  •  Best Team Baton
  •  Most Baton Laps
  •  Spirit of Relay
  •  Highest Fundraising Team
  •  Random Act of Kindness

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On The Day

What happens on the day?

Get excited because the Relay has arrived! Head on down early to check-in and pick up an event program, site map and shirts or merchandise at the registration desk upon arrival.

Here's what to expect at Relay. Check with your Relay For Life State Manager: Erin Walker 6419 4206 | for special info about the Penguin 2023 Relay:

  • Opening Ceremony 
  • Survivors and Carers Walk
  • Candlelight (Rememberance) Ceremony
  • Closing Ceremony 
  • Entertainment, kids activities, live music and competitions (throughout the day and night)
  • Complimentary cold breakfast
  • Keep those team members walking!

You don’t have to stay on the track all night, 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.




25 March




10.00 am

Team tent bump-in

Team Registration


Ironcliffe Rd entrance

12.00 noon

Food vendors and Canteen commence trading

Food Precinct

Registration – Survivors & Carers Walk Participants

(Survivors and Carers assemble on the track, behind the ribbon at 12.55pm)

Function Tent

CoastFM broadcasting over PA

CoastFM Bus

12.00-7.00 pm

Relay For Life Merchandise Sales


1.00 – 3.00 pm

Stan Dupont from Cancer Council Tasmania’s Supportive Care team will be at Relay to chat with Relayers.

Track, Team Tents and Function Tent

1.00 – 1.30 pm

Encore Performing Arts including Opening Ceremony


1.00 pm


   Master of Ceremonies

   Acknowledgement of Country

   National Anthem – Encore Performing Arts

   Welcome Address - Penny Egan - CEO Cancer Council Tasmania

   Relay For Life Oath – Emma Evison, Cole Crusaders

   Survivors and Carers Dedication – Tony Sutton,  Lions Club of        Mersey Devonport

   Ribbon Cutting – Penny Egan


1.15 pm

      1st Lap – Survivors & Carers lap led by Burnie Highland Pipe           Band

      2nd Lap – Everyone on the track

      3rd Lap – Relay officially commences


1.25 pm



Function Tent

1.30 – 2.00 pm

Sophia Lee


2.00 pm

Wig Walk


2.00 – 3.00 pm

Encore Performing Arts


From 2.00 pm

Sid Seagull


2.00 – 2.30 pm

Purple Couch  

Eastern end inside track

3.00 pm

Novelty Lap / Odd Lap – Know your skin!


3.00 – 4.00 pm

Daniel Lebkowski


3.00-6.00 pm

Caro’s Face and Body Painting

Garden Games supplied by Leigh at Party Games Hire NWTas

Function Tent

Centre of track

3.00 – 7.45 pm

Candle sales thanks to Girl Guides


3.55 pm

T2T Transport to Treatment Box Car Races


4.00 – 8.00 pm

Tigerlilies Tribe - The Body Shop at Home


4.10 – 5.00 pm

 Right on Cue Choir

Bendigo Bank Marquee

5.00 pm

Team Captains Meeting

Function Tent

5.00 pm

Beach Ball Novelty Lap


5.05 – 6.00 pm

Caitlin Besnard


6.00 pm

Dance Laps by Dance Revolution


6.10-7.00 pm

Royal Australian Navy Band


7.00 – 8.30 pm

Gina Timms – includes the Candlelight Ceremony


7.30-8.00 pm

Purple Couch  

Eastern end inside track

8.00-8.30 pm


     MC Speaker – Light candles and HOPE sign


      Candle bags are to be placed at campsites

      Silent lap by participants.

Stage and track

8.30-9.30 pm

Royal Australian Navy Band



From 9.00 pm

Kombi Krew – Silent Disco

Kombi Krew Van

9.30 – 10.30 pm

Daniel Quail


10.30 – 11.30 pm

Jake Jakobson


Sssssshhhhh, quiet time. Noise curfew


22 March




6.00 am

IGA Breakfast free cold breakfast and North West Athletics Club BBQ breakfast

Function Tent

7.30 a.m.

Mad Hatters Walk


8.50 am

Final Lap


9.00 am

Fightback Closing Ceremony

      Committee Chair – Tracy Roberts

      CCT Board member / CEO – Jill Bannon

      Fight Back Oath –Stephanie Do Carmo

      Awards presentation


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 overnight and can be cold.Here’s a list of things that teams should be sure to have handy on the day:

  • Camping gear (tent, folding chair, sleeping bag, pillow, blankets, esky, keep cup, water bottle, food and drink)
  • Plastic sheeting or rubber-backed rug (good on cold or damp ground)
  • Campsite decorations and team banners
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Your Relay For Life top
  • Comfortable walking/running shoes
  • Warm clothing (pants, jackets, beanies, gloves, etc.)
  • Wet weather gear (raincoat, poncho, umbrella, etc.)
  • A change of clothes
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Team costumes
  • Spending money and loose change (to purchase food, a candle bag, merchandise or an activity)
  • Camera to capture those special moments!
  • Can of tinned food, to weigh down your candle bag


What not to bring

  • Alcohol
  • Pets (guide dogs and service dogs are welcome)
  • Bikes, scooters or roller blades/skates
  • Glass containers or bottles
  • 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.


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 our State Manager Alicia van Ek:  03 6419 4207 or

Principal Sponsor


Signature Sponsors


Statewide Supporters



Under 18s

Youth Policy

The Cancer Council requires that every person under the age of 18 must have approval by a parent or guardian to register for and participate in Relay For Life events. 

Youth Teams

Cancer Council Tasmania requires that teams where the majority of members are under 18 must have two registered adult supervisors present at all times throughout the Relay For Life event. Youth Team Supervisors must be over 21 years of age and are responsible for the behaviour and conduct of the youth they oversee. 

Code of Conduct for Youth Teams

We want all participants to enjoy their Relay For Life experience. Common sense is key to everyone having a good time. This means considering and being respectful of the needs of other participants, abiding by the event rules and complying with all reasonable requests from members of the organising committee or Cancer Council Tasmania staff. 

Where the money goes

Here's how you're making a difference

$10 Helps us to provide free exercise programs to assist cancer patients in building strength and fitness during treatment.

$30 Helps transport cancer patients to and from their treatment.

$50 Helps our cancer support line 13 11 20 provide free and confidential support on all aspects of cancer.

$200 Adds a wig to our library for lending to clients who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment.


Seize the Day Educational Scholarship

Your money also allows us to offer our Seize the Day Educational Scholarships. For more information, please read the following document, Seize the Day - Supporting young Tasmanians impacted by cancer.

How we helped in the last year

$5.8 million+  has been invested into cancer research over the past 26 years. 

253,892 is the number of times our prevention messages were seen online by Tasmanians.

66,800 Tasmanian children (and their families) are part of the SunSmart program in childcare and schools across the state.

500+ wigs are now available to those experiencing hairloss due to cancer treatment

$30,000 of Seize the Day Scholarships were awarded to 29 brave young people who have been impacted by cancer.

238,000km's were covered by our transport2treatment drivers - that's the equivalent of driving around the world nearly 6 times! 

Thank you for enabling us to empower and support Tasmanians impacted by cancer since 1995.

Thank you to our generous sponsors


Raised so far


Our goal