Sutherland Shire 2023

Welcome to the Sutherland Shire Relay For Life! 2023 marks our 22nd Relay in the Sutherland Shire Community. Relay is a fun and moving experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services. It’s a chance for the community to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones we have lost and unite our community and fight back against cancer. 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! Event contact: Renee Piper E: T: +61293080292

Frequently asked questions

Event Information

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$30 per person

Family Pricing (2x Adults & 2x Youth) 

$70 per family

  •  Child ticket - under 8 free, 8-13 years, $15
  •  Student ticket - under 18 or with student card, $20


Opening Ceremony: 9.00am, Saturday 6 May

Candlelight Ceremony: 6.00pm, Saturday 6 May

Closing Ceremony: 10am, Sunday 7 May

Information Sessions

Come find out more about the Sutherland Shire Relay!

Come join us at our Team Information Night, Wednesday 26th April, 7.00pm at Tradies Gymea. 

For further event details and updates join our Sutherland Shire Relay For Life Facebook Page  

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. 


Awards available at the event include:

  • Highest Fundraising Team
  • Best Dressed Team
  • Best Decorated Campsite
  • Best Decorated Banquet Table

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On The Day

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What happens on the day?

Get excited because the Relay has arrived! 

Here's what to expect at Relay. Check with your Relay event coordinator: Renee Piper – 02 9308 0292  | for special info about the Sutherland Shire Relay: 

  • Opening Ceremony 
  • Survivors and Carers Lap of Honour
  • Local Entertainment
  • Candlelight Ceremony 
  • Banquet
  • Closing Ceremony 
  • Keep those team members walking! 

You don’t have to stay on the track for the whole 24 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. Here’s a list of things that teams should be sure to have handy on the day: 

  • Marquees for your team site 
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm 
  • Your Relay For Life shirt 
  • Comfortable walking/running shoes 
  • Warm clothing (pants, jackets, beanies, gloves, etc.) 
  • Wet weather gear (raincoat, poncho, umbrella, etc.) 
  • Folding chairs and tables 
  • Plastic sheeting or rubber-backed rug (good on cold or damp ground) 
  • Marquee decorations and team banners 
  • Team costumes 
  • Money and loose change 
  • Camera to capture those special moments 
  • 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 and alcohol-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.

Day 1: Saturday 6 May 2023

Time Activity Location
07.00am Team check-in opens Registration Desk
09.00am Opening Ceremony Stage
09.50am Survivors & Carers Lap of Honour Track
10.00am Official Relay Start Track
06.00pm Candlelight Ceremony Stage
07.15pm Banquet Village Green

Day 2: Sunday 7 May 2023

Time Activity Location
06.25am Sunrise Lap Track
07.00am Free Rotary Breakfast TBC
09.50am All participants on track for final lap and countdown Track
10.00am Closing 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 local community. 

If you would like your business to become a sponsor of Relay For Life contact Renee Piper on 02 9308 0292  |


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 Renee Piper – 02 9308 0292  | 


Our Relay Committees often invite a local community member who has been touched by cancer to attend the event and play a special role in their CeremoniesThese incredible people have often had a cancer experience, utilised Cancer Council NSW services or undertaken the vital role of caring for someone with cancer. 

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 Renee Piper – 02 9308 0292  | 


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Each team can book a team site to set up tables, chairs, shade tent, marquee, esky, fundraising activities and anything you need to be prepared and comfortable on the day. This will be your team’s ‘home base’ and somewhere to leave your stuff when you are walking/running or enjoying the entertainment.

All teams must re-book their campsites each year. You can book your team's 2023 campsite here. 


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The Shire Relay Banquet is a group outdoor dinner, situated on the track, and is a great time at the event to sit and relax with your team mates (and friends and family) and enjoy the entertainment on the main stage. Banquet guests are encouraged to bring their own food from home, order in food from a local takeaway restaurant, or purchase food onsite from the food trucks that will be available.

The Banquet will begin at 7:15pm and will be located in front of the main stage around the track. Specific table locations will be available after 4pm Saturday at the Information Tent.

Banquet tables are $50 (1 table sits 10 people) and must be booked and paid for in advance via the online booking form here

Shelly Wood Award

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Shelley Wood worked tirelessly on the Relay For Life Committee and the event, alongside her family, to bring hope, courage and inspiration to others affected by Cancer. Despite her treatment and the effect Cancer had on her health, Shelley continued to give back to others with a huge smile and a love for life. Shelley attended the 2005 Shire Relay and read the OATH at the Opening Ceremony, shortly before passing away on 21 June 2005. Her memory lives on through the volunteer work of her family, Marion and Don Wood (parents) and Stuart Wood (brother) and the Sutherland Shire Relay For Life Shelley Wood Award.


The Award is given each year to a survivor who also has experienced the effects of Cancer; someone who against all odds, has fought back and overcome their life circumstances, and who looks beyond themselves to the welfare of others to bring hope, courage and inspiration. Invitations for nominations are requested each year at the Sutherland Shire Relay For Life. The Shelley Wood Award winner will be announced at the wrap up function on Wednesday 17th May, Tradies Gymea. Please nominate a survivor and write their story of their diagnosis, treatment and journey of living with Cancer.


Completed form can be returned to Helen Scott at

Thank you to our generous sponsors


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