Relay for Life event a chance for remembrance

Relay For Life participants during a previous event at Rugby Park, in Invercargill. Photo: File

THE biennial Relay for Life, which raises funds and awareness about cancer has been reduced from its normal 20-hour event to six hours.

The Cancer Society of NZ, Otago and Southland Division event and campaigns co-ordinator Anna Kirkwood said the Southland community would come together, as it had in the past, to fight cancer at the six-hour Relay for Life Southland celebration event on Sunday, February 28, from noon to 6pm at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill.

Last year, the full 20-hour event was postponed due to Covid-19, she said.

“However, the new six-hour event was a chance to celebrate the participants’ fundraising efforts as well as remember, and fight back against cancer.”

During the six hours, teams of people walked or ran the circuit, passing their team’s baton to other team members to ensure a continous relay.

As well as paying to enter the event, teams and individuals were also encouraged to be sponsored.

Relay For Life helped people in the community through the Cancer Society’s support services, health promotion programmes and cancer research.

“The Cancer Society received no government funding, so funds raised at events helped to provide a range of services, including one-on-one support for people affected by cancer, its accommodation service for people travelling for treatment, as well as funding health promotion and research programmes,” Ms Kirkwood said.

Teams’ fundraising efforts were celebrated at the event with live music, entertainment and a shared community spirit, which members of the public could also attend.

Due to current changes in Covid-19 alert levels, The Cancer Society confirmed the event would still go ahead if Southland was in Alert Level 1, Ms Kirkwood said.

“If Southland is in Level 2, 3 or 4 the event will be cancelled and the Cancer Society will notify all participants and third parties.”

  • Online registrations are open for Relay for Life Southland 2021. Teams could register at by phoning Anna Kirkwood 021 406 632 or emailing