Relay for Life 2020



The Cancer Society takes the health and well-being of our communities seriously. In response to COVID-19 we have decided to postpone our Relay For Life events scheduled between now and the 6th of April.

We would like to thank all our event participants, volunteers and staff for the huge amount of work that has been done to plan and manage these events. We look forward to announcing new event dates when we can. 

Relay For Life is one of our major community events that brings people together. We celebrate those who have had cancer, remember those who have passed away and participants collectively fight back by raising funds. With the funds raised, the Cancer Society can deliver vital services right across Aotearoa.

We hope to see all participants at the events later in the year. We would like to give you the opportunity to donate your Registration Fee to Relay For Life, however if you would like it refunded please contact us.

Even though the Otago & Southland Cancer Society has had to make the hard decision to postpone Relay For Life, the funds we have raised so far are still going to support their crucial work so they can continue to care for Kiwis with cancer and their whānau.

Registrations are still open, and fundraising pages will remain open until further notice. You can still donate to each event at, so that we can continue to raise funds to provide these services such as:

  • Transport to treatment
  • Accommodation during treatment
  • Support groups
  • Cancer Research
  • Cancer Information & Helpline
  • Direct community support e.g. home visits and providing meals

If you any questions about the event including funds already raised in support of the Cancer Society please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is Relay For Life?

Relay For Life is an inspiring, community event for people of all ages and fitness levels. At Relay For Life, we celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and carers, remember loved ones we have lost, and empower people and communities to fight back against cancer.

Teams take part in an overnight walk/run relay while enjoying entertainment and activities. Because it’s a team event, people taking part may come and go as they like. But it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!

It is a time to celebrate and remember loved ones affected by cancer - and to fight back by raising awareness and funds for the Cancer Society.

Who gets involved?

Relay For Life is a community event and everyone is welcome. Many businesses, schools and service groups enter teams each year. Relay For Life is a great way to support teambuilding and strengthen community networks. Family/whanau and friends enter teams, motivated by the chance to have fun and support the work of the Cancer Society.

Find out more and register by clicking below or email us your questions at

Join our Facebook event pages to get details on individual Relays and stay up to date: SouthlandDunedin, Central Otago.

Register a Team

This year we have three amazing Relay's to choose from;

Central Otago - 21st/22nd March 2020

Southland - 21st/22nd March 2020

Dunedin - 28th/29th March 2020

To register your team online visit or click on the Relay you want to attend below.


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Registration costs $20.00 per person with a minimum 10 people per team. 

For information on registering a smaller group or as an individual contact


Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back!

Still not sure? Check out our video

Be involved

Join the organising committee

Relay is largely organised and run by volunteer committees who are supported by the Cancer Society.

Being part of the committee takes hard work, commitment and time – but the rewards of putting on a great event that raises significant funds for cancer patients and families are immeasurable.

Being a member of a Relay For Life Committee is also an excellent way to gain experience in the planning and running a major outdoor event.

If you would like to find out more about joining a committee email

Volunteer on the day

Volunteering at Relay For Life is great fun, sociable and there are roles available to suit everyone.

For more information email or phone;

Robyn Flowers (Southland):  (03) 218 4108 

Charlotte Molloy (Dunedin/Cromwell) on (03) 477 7447.