Rockhampton 2023

Welcome! Relay For Life is an exciting community event that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council Queensland’s research, prevention, and patient support services. Relay is a chance for the Rockhampton community to support those going through a cancer experience, recognise and celebrate cancer survivors, and to honour and remember loved ones lost. 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 Rockhampton 2023 Relay today!

Event location, date, and time are to be confirmed...


Special Rate Get in quick to secure this special discounted rate Adult & Youth $5
Early Bird Register before April 2023 Adult $20, Youth $10
Regular Register between April and July 2023 Adult $30, Youth $15
Week of Relay Register after July 2023 Adult $40, Youth $20

*Youth aged 6-17
*Children aged 0-5 are free

Pre-registration is encouraged for this event to avoid missing out! There will be limited on the day registrations available.

Important Event Timings

Opening Ceremony: TBC
Survivors & Carers Morning Tea: TBC
Candlelight Ceremony: TBC
Closing Ceremony: TBC

Information Session

Come find out more about the Rockhampton Relay For Life.

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.

More information to come shortly.


This year’s Relay For Life theme is Celebrate!


This year’s Relay awards are TBC


This year’s Relay raffle is still being organised.

Find us on Social!

Connect with us on Rockhampton Relay Facebook Group to keep up-to-date.

Everyone is invited to join Relay for Life and help create a cancer free future.

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions and Queensland government regulations, these events are subject to change. Cancer Council Queensland will notify participants if any changes occur.

We are taking additional measures throughout Relay to meet current COVID-19 restrictions and follow Queensland Government regulations and health advice.

Check-in and Arrivals

In order to reduce congestion on check-in, we ask that all team members take note of the check-in process before the event.

  • Please arrive at the Relay at your dedicated check-in time (timings will be confirmed closer to the event).
  • Marshalls will be onsite to assist with COVIDSafe check-in and participants will be issued with a wristband to be worn throughout the duration of the event.
  • Once your team has completed the COVIDSafe check-in upon entry, we ask that the Team Captain head over to the check-in area to complete the remainder of their check-in and receive their team kit

More information will be released closer to the event, stay up to date here or by visiting the Rockhampton Relay Facebook Group.

Site Allocations

To confirm this years site allocation sizing and request addiditional space, please contact your Relay coordinator: Belinda Watson - 1300 65 65 85 | The site plan will be confirmed at a time closer to the event.

What happens on the day?

Here's what to expect at Relay:

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Survivors and Carers Opening Lap
  • Candlelight Ceremony of Hope
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Entertainment - kid’s activities, live music and competitions 
  • Walking Track - keep those team members walking!

You are not required to stay on the track for the entire event, however, we encourage teams to have at least one person on the track at all times to get the most out of your Relay experience!

Check with your Relay coordinator: Belinda Watson - 1300 65 65 85 | for special information about the Relay.

With your help, we’re getting closer to a cancer free future every minute, every hour, every day.

What to bring to Relay

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

  • Marquee(s) for your allocated site
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Your Relay For Life shirt (if you purchased a 2022 shirt, or have one from previous years)
  • Comfortable walking/running shoes
  • Warm clothing (pants, jackets, beanies, gloves, etc.)
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • 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
  • Mobile phone to check in and 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 event. 

We are Australia’s leading cancer charity, working with and for the community across all cancers, for everyone affected by or concerned about cancer.

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.

You can also find the Parental Consent Form here.

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.

You can also find the Youth Supervisor Form here
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 local coordinator Belinda Watson - 1300 65 65 85 |

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. None 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 Belinda Watson - 1300 65 65 85 |


Each year, our volunteer committee has the honour of selecting a Face of Relay and a Patron of Relay for the event. These incredible people have often had a cancer experience, utilised Cancer Council Queensland services or undertaken the vital role of caring for someone with cancer.

The Face of Relay is an ambassador who raises public awareness for the event, whilst sharing their personal cancer experiences with others.

The Patron of Relay is an honourable, special supporter of Relay who attends the event on the day.

We are thrilled to announce that the 2023 Rockhampton Face of Relay and the Patron of Relay are:

Face of Relay





COVID-19 restrictions and requirements are regularly changing. Here at Cancer Council Queensland, we will follow the latest advice and guidelines from the Queensland Government to ensure the safety of everyone involved in Relay For Life in 2023.

What does Relay For Life look like in 2023?

We are excited to be bringing back physical events for all Queensland Relay For Life events in 2023. Each event will be required to adhere to COVID-19 regulations. After reviewing these regulations, Cancer Council Queensland has made the decision to reduce the event duration of Relay For Life in 2023. This means there will be no overnight events, and no events exceeding 12 hours in duration. This is for the safety of everyone attending the Relay, and to provide the best possible chance of hosting a physical event.

How are you going to manage COVID Safe check-in at events?

Relay For Life participants are encouraged to pre-register online before the event. There will be limited on the day registrations available. Supporters will be required to present their registration confirmation upon arrival to the event. If registering on the day, supporters will be required to proceed straight to the check-in desk to register.

What happens if there is a COVID-19 outbreak in the community in the lead up to the event?

It is possible that there will be a COVID-19 outbreak in the lead up to the event. Our team will do everything within our power to ensure that our community is safe. We will monitor all government advice and follow any direction and guidelines that are enforced by the government.

Can I Relay in my own home for 18hrs?

Of course! You are welcome to Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back from home.

Can I attend Relay and then continue on in my own home for the remainder of the 18hrs?

Sure, we encourage you to fundraise and support Relay For Life from home if you wish to do so.

Can I show up on the day and join a team? 

Yes, however this is not encouraged as there will be limited on the day registrations available. To avoid missing out we recommend registering online before the event.

What if I am a parent, teacher or youth supervisor?

In the past, parents, teachers and youth supervisors have attended Relay For Life events to watch their children and students for free and without registering. This will still be allowed in 2022, however, you will be required to register for the Relay For Life event prior to the event day.

Parents, teachers and youth supervisors can register through the website free of charge, by using a unique promo code that we can give you. Please reach out to our team at for more information.

Do I have to wear a mask?

All participants are encouraged to carry a mask, and to practice social distancing and good personal hygiene where possible. Masks will not be mandatory unless government regulations change in your area close to the date of your Relay. We will advise you of any changes as they arise.

Will we still have individual sites if it’s not an overnight event?

Yes. Sites will be allocated with a one person per 1.5m2 allocation for all 9-12hour events. Sites will be allocated in advance of the event date and each team will be allocated a check in time for the day.

Will there be first aid at the event?

Yes. There will be First Aid onsite for the entire event. If you become unwell during the event, please seek First Aid. Alternatively, see a CCQ employee, a committee volunteer or security for assistance. The location of First Aid will be confirmed closer to the event date.

Can we bring our own food?

We encourage participants to support the local food vendors at the event. Participants are allowed to bring their own food as long as it is prepared by them and is not to be shared.

Will on the day fundraising be available?

You are welcome to fundraise on the day, however, we do ask that on the day fundraising does not include any product for consumption, avoid cash handling and that participants continue to maintain 1.5 metre social distancing and hand sanitise when applicable. Each team will be provided a QR Code to their online fundraising page to collect donations on the day. Please remember that this is a cashless event.

What if I am feeling unwell just before the event?

If you are unwell and/or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home and follow advice from the Queensland government regarding getting tested.

Our staff and volunteer committees are working hard to plan fun and successful physical Relay For Life events across the state.  We want to ensure these events are COVID Safe, to protect our participants and community.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and Queensland government regulations, these events are subject to change. Cancer Council Queensland will notify participants if any changes occur.

Relay For Life may look a little different this year, but our purple power remains the same. We are committed to working towards a cancer free future, now, more than ever. 

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