16,000 Queenslanders set to walk at Relay For Life in 2018

Around 16,000 Queenslanders are expected to take part in Relay For Life events across the state in 2018, united by the goal of giving hope to locals affected by cancer.

Cancer Council Queensland is calling on communities to get behind the charity’s largest annual fundraising event by registering a team.

40 events will be held between April and November, from Weipa to the Gold Coast.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said Relay For Life brought the community together to raise vital funds and support for locals affected by the disease.

“It’s our vision in 2018 to support Queenslanders affected by cancer every minute, every hour, every day – and this can be made possible through Relay For Life,” Ms McMillan said.

“All funds raised by teams are directed into lifesaving cancer research for better treatment options, prevention programs, and local support services for those affected.

“We hope that around 16,000 people will take up the baton this year to make a difference.”

Relay For Life is an 18 hour community event involving teams of up to 15 people keeping a baton moving in a relay style walk or run overnight.

Teams also take part in inspirational ceremonies, fundraising activities and team challenges, supporting each other and sharing stories of hope.

“Relay For Life is a community event for a community cause,” Ms McMillan said.

“One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and need our support.

“Being diagnosed can be one of the most challenging obstacles someone can face but with your help they will know they’re not alone.

“Walking with someone affected, offering support and a shoulder to lean on can have an incredible impact on an individual and provide hope.

“So get your families, friends, community groups, colleagues, or school friends together, make a team and register today.”

Early bird registration is $20 per person and ends 12 weeks out from each event.

Register for Relay For Life at www.relayforlife.org.au or by calling 1300 65 65 85.

The first event in 2018 will be held in Borders Rivers/Goondiwindi on April 21-22.

More about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or via 13 11 20.

For more information or interviews, please contact:

Laura McKoy,
Media Manager,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5345
Mobile: 0409 001 171