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Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend 10-15 people per team. More than 15 members can be difficult for team captains to manage and give everyone an opportunity to take to the track. If your team is growing, consider splitting it into two and have more members to join in the fun of Relay! With fewer than 10, it can be hard to keep someone on the track for the whole event.

You can register online or by calling 1300 65 65 85.

If you are looking for an event, team or individual registered to Relay For Life NSW, please visit the Relay For Life NSW website here.

Yes. All Relays have a registration table, so if you have missed the online registrations, don't fret! Just head on down ready to Relay and look for the registration table.

No, however all youth teams (under 18 years) must have two adult supervisors at the event at all times.

All donations, no matter how big or small, are greatly appreciated. There are also awards presented to the highest fundraising teams. Your local Relay Committee and Cancer Council staff member can support you to achieve your fundraising goal. Read more about fundraising ideas.

Search for your local Relay to see what happens on the day. If you want specific information about the Relay you are participating in, click the ‘On the Day’ heading in the right-hand column of your Relay page.

Most commonly, you can collect these from your Relay’s information night or at your local Cancer Council office. If you are unsure, please go to your  Relay event page and contact the event organiser.

Receipt books, donation tally sheets, return slips, deposit slips, team information, event information, Survivor and Carer registration, fundraising ideas, brochures and posters, and authority to fundraise cards.

We encourage teams to have a theme and decorate their campsite. Dress up and make Relay colourful and fun! You could also win prizes. If you don’t want to dress-up, that’s completely fine too. Your contribution to the day is still really important to us, and we’d love to see you there.

No. We understand that some people won’t be able to be at the track for the whole event. We ask that team members try to stay at the track for as long as possible to support each other and share the Relay roster, particularly late at night.

No. Relay isn’t a race or endurance test; we simply ask that teams have at least one person on the track at all times. Some team members may set personal goals and end up doing more laps than others. You can also walk in pairs or groups to make it more enjoyable.

Some Relay events will offer prizes to the team/individual completing the most laps. Check with your local organising Committee to see if this applies. Lap counting is an "honour system", with each team and team member counting their laps. Teams must advise their participation at registration. A lap refers to the "baton" only and not the number of people. One person equals one lap. Two people at the same time equals one lap.

All vehicles are prohibited from the track without permission from the Committee. Child strollers and wheelchairs are allowed. No roller blades, bicycles or scooters are allowed. We suggest you contact the Committee before the event to determine restrictions.

Yes. These ceremonies are the highlight of Relay For Life and we want to see as many people as possible taking part! Read about registering for your nearest Survivors and Carers lap.

Dogs and other pets are not permitted at any Relay For Life event. Naturally, guide dogs and service dogs are an exception.

All donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible when the donor receives nothing of value in return. However, should you purchase a raffle ticket, an entry ticket to a fundraising event or merchandise, this is not tax deductible. For more information about taxable donations, please contact the Australian Tax Office.

The event will generally go ahead, rain or shine. In extreme bad weather the organising Committee will decide if it’s safe for the event to continue.

Each event has different rules specific to the event location, however there are some universal Relay For Life rules which include but are not limited to:
- No pets allowed (guide dogs and service dogs are an exception)
- No generators, BBQs or live flames
- No glass is to be brought to Relay
- No vehicles, roller blades, bikes or scooters are allowed on track
- Relay For Life is a smoke-free event 

Breakfast is provided by the Relay For Life organisers, but please bring your own plate, cutlery and mug. Most venues will have food vendors present who will have meals and snacks available for sale, but otherwise we suggest you bring your own food. Free tea, coffee and water will be available throughout the event.

All events will have qualified first aid officers in attendance for the entire event. Massages may be available.

Yes. We ask that all day visitors make a gold coin donation in one of the many Relay For Life donation buckets around the venue to support us. Relay is an open event and we encourage people to come and see what it’s all about, especially if you’ve never been before.

Relay For Life can’t happen without the support and sponsorship from businesses as well as the general public. We seek sponsorship contributions in the form of cash sponsorship, in-kind contributions, corporate teams, matched workplace giving, signage, giveaways and entertainment (to name a few!).

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities please contact your local Cancer Council office.

Volunteer your services or join a Committee! Find out more about volunteering opportunities.

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