Relay For Life season two turning state purple to create cancer free future

Queensland – it’s time to put one foot in front of the other and walk for a cancer free future at Relay For Life!

Cancer Council Queensland is officially launching its Relay For Life season two events this month – and is encouraging communities across the state to sign up for the one-of-a-kind fundraiser.

There are 23 Relay For Life events set to be held between July and November for season two, from Tablelands in Far North Queensland right down to the Gold Coast in the South.

This month, the first two events of the season will take place in Cairns and Gladstone.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said support of Relay For Life would help ease the burden of cancer across the state.

“Every step taken, and every dollar raised at Relay For Life helps fund lifesaving cancer research, prevention and education programs and support services for those who need it most,” Ms McMillan said.

“With 27,800 people diagnosed with cancer each year across the state, we need every Queenslander to rally behind their local Relay For Life, so we can continue this vital work.”

Relay For Life is a volunteer-led, fundraising initiative where teams fundraise in the lead up to an overnight event, where they then take turns walking around a track through the night.

“Relay For Life signifies that cancer never rests – so neither do we,” Ms McMillan said.

“After a successful season one, we’re hoping communities will rally together and raise more funds to help us reach our goal for 2019 of $1.8 million.

“These funds will enable us to be here for Queenslanders affected by cancer every minute, every hour, every day.”

Participants also take part in on-the-day fundraising activities and ceremonies, like a candlelight ceremony to remember loved ones lost, and a ceremony to celebrate survivors and carers.

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

“Hundreds of locals fundraising and walking for a cure can have an incredible impact on someone affected by cancer and provide hope for a cancer free future.

“Get your friends, family and colleagues together and join the Relay For Life movement today – together, we are stronger than cancer!”

To register, volunteer or find out more about your local Relay For Life, visit or call 1300 65 65 85.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via or 13 11 20.


Season two Relay For Life events:

Cairns, July 27-28
Gladstone, July 27-28
Bundaberg, August 10-11
Pioneer Valley, August 10-11
Lockyer Valley, September 7-8
Mackay, September 14-15
Townsville, September 14-15
Central Highlands, September 14
Roma, September 14
Fernvale, September 28
Redcliffe, October 12
Maryborough, October 12-13
Cassowary Coast, October 12
Dalby, October 12-13
Jimboomba, October 12-13
South Burnett, October 12-13
Brisbane, October 19-20
Hervey Bay, October 19-20
Tablelands, October 19
Gympie Region, October 26-27
Moranbah, October 26-27
Northern Gold Coast, October 26-27
Border Rivers, November 2-3

For more information, or interviews, media can email

Alternatively, you can call Public Relations Coordinator Emily Robertson (07 36345 418) to coordinate interviews for Relay For Life events happening from the Sunshine Coast region north, or Public Relations Coordinator Brianna Burraston (07 3634 5308) to coordinate interviews for events in the greater Brisbane or Gold Coast regions or South West Queensland.

For more information on Relay For Life, members of the general public should call 1300 65 65 85.