Penguin 2025

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 2025 Penguin Relay today!

Frequently asked questions

Event Information

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Registration fees 

We are excited to announce a new registration fee structure - offering you the chance to get in early for a cheaper fee, or bring along the family! 



Adult (18+)

Family (2ad + 2 youth)

Register at year before (at 2024 event for 2025)




Early Bird (12 months prior -31/12/2024)




General (1/1/2025 - event week)




Event week/on the day reg.




Children under 6 are free.

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.


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

Find us on Social!

Connect with us to keep up-to-date with all things Relay:


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Purchase your merchandise online HERE and pick up at a local Cancer Council office - no delivery.

Contact your local Cancer Council office to pick up the items before the event OR simply make your way to the Merchandise marquee at the event and we’ll have your item ready for you.

Hobart – Eliza Hesketh, 6169 1911, 15 Princes St, Sandy Bay 7005

Launceston – Sophie Avnell, 6779 1104, 69 Howick St, Launceston 7250

Devonport – Sarah Hirst, 6419 4206, Suite 2, 45 Best St, Devonport 7310

On The Day

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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 Coordintor: Sarah Hirst 6419 4206 | for special info about the Penguin Relay:

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Survivors and Carers Walk
  • Candle Light (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.

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.

Make a difference - join the committee!

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Relay For Life is made possible by our amazing volunteer committees - and this is YOUR chance to make a difference to your own Relay. 

Being a committee member for Relay For Life means:

  • You can get experience in event management
  • You can give back to my community
  • Being part of Tasmania’s biggest fundraising event
  • You can make a real difference
  • Together we can ensure the event runs smoothly.

What to expect:

  • Position Description summary
  • Role Guidebook outlining your role at Relay
  • Timeline as to when which tasks are required
  • A safe environment of like-minded individuals working together to a common goal.
  • 6-8 committee meetings and social activities over throughout the year
  • Hands-on involvement at the event
  • 1:1 support from expert Cancer Council event staff

What's in it for you? 

  • FUN!
  • Annual fun volunteer-led Relay For Life Summit 
  • Access to Global network and resources
  • National and international networking opportunities
  • Professional development sessions (media, project management etc.)

Which roles are there? 

A Relay committee has 13 roles in total; but sub-committees and extra help is always welcome! Check out the following Role Descriptions for more information:

Reach out to your local coordinator for more information! 


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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 our State Manager Alicia van Ek:  03 6419 4207 or

Principal Sponsor



Under 18s

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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

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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


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