Hobart 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 Hobart 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 Hobart Relay please contact Zoe Vandervelde 6169 1909 | zvandervelde@cancertas.org.au

Team Captains

Once you register your team on the website you have access to your team fundraising page dashboard. On the dashboard you can can invite new members and manage exisiting ones and find all the event planning and fundraising resources you need leading up to the event. This dashboard is in replacement of the Team Captains pack that had been sent out in previous years. 

Team Captains meeting for Hobart will be at 5:30pm Wednesday 1 March at the Domain Athletics Track in the Function Room.  


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 Event Coordinator: Zoe Vandervelde 6169 1909 | zvandervelde@cancertas.org.au for special info about the Hobart 2023 Relay:

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Survivors and Carers Walk
  • Luminary (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.



18 March




11.00 am

Team Registration and Tent Set Up


12.00 noon

Food vendors commence trading

Food Precinct

Registration – Survivors & Carers Walk Participants

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

Registration area

7HOFM playing over PA


12.00-7.00 pm

Relay For Life Merchandise Sales

The Shed

12:00pm-1:00pm pm

Army Pep Band


1.00 pm


      Master of Ceremonies

      National Anthem – Army Pep Band

      Relay For Life Oath – Bothwell Bunnies

      Ribbon Cutting – Sally Golding and Marie Smith


1.15 pm

      1st Lap – Survivors & Carers lap led Derwent Scottish Pipe Band

      2nd Lap – Everyone on the track

      3rd Lap – Relay officially commences


1.30 pm



The Shed


Derwent Scottish Pipe Band & Drill Dance Marching Girls



Navy Band



StoryBook Magic

Catering Area


Garden Games Commence



Novelty Lap – Sun Smart Mad Hatters Lap



Rhythms Bollywood Workshop & Demonstration



Encore Dance Studio



Foot Massage

The Shed


Dominic College Band



Mel Yeates




Catering Area


Salvator Road




     MC Speaker –Light candles and HOPE sign

     Silent lap by participants. Candle bags to be placed at camp sites or in designated areas




Army Rock Band



From 9.00pm-12:00am

Kombi Krew – wireless headphones

The Shed

11:00pm – 12:00pm

Kombi Krew – Flash Mop

The Shed

Sssssshhhhh, quiet time. Noise curfew



19 March





Food Vendors Breakfast

Food Precinct


IGA Breakfast

The Shed


Line Dancers



Final Lap



Fightback Closing Ceremony

      CCT Representative

      Fight Back Oath – Meredith

      Awards presented – Zoe & Downer




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 avanek@cancertas.org.au

Principal Sponsor


Signature Sponsors


Statewide Supporters




Local 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