Information for Schools


How can your School get involved?

Your School is encouraged to do whatever it can to help in the fight against cancer. Whether it is a class activity, a gold coin casual dress-day or a mini-Relay one afternoon, the choices are endless! Senior students can gain leadership skills by joining the local planning committee to assist with your local event. Youth involvement and contribution is welcome and highly valued at Relay For Life.

What do I need to do to become a registered School?

1. Register your team: Ideally the lead teach or senior student is the Team Captain and the main point of contact. Make sure you include your School name and address upon registration. A Team Captain kit will be mailed to you and a team page set up on our website. Personalise it with why your School is involved, keep track of fundraising and add pictures!


2. Commence your fundraising and Relay activities: promote your Relay For Life throughout your School community. Use the Relay For Life website to research how key themes of Relay can be tailored to your School. Use the Cancer Council Northern Territory website to explore what Cancer Council NT do in the areas of advocacy, support services and prevention. Share learnings and empower students through information to fight back.


3. Bank funds raised: All money raised in the Territory stays in the Territory and goes towards essential support services in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. As you bank, you total will increase on your webpage!


4. Attend your local Relay For Life event (if timing permits): Visit the local event to see your local community tackling cancer. If your team is participating then feel free to get creative with costumes, campsite decorations and even having a team baton. Supervision requirements are applicable.


What else do I need to know?

-Download the Primary School flier

-Download the Secondary School flier


Resources available for download include:

-Relay For Life poster A3 (editable)

-Relay For Life poster A4 (editable)

Other downloadable materials can be once you have registered.


If you have any questions or would like to arrange someone to visit your school and talk about Relay For Life please email 


Cancer Council resources:

When cancer affects your school community

When someone in a school community is diagnosed with cancer, it is hard to know how to best provide support. Call our friendly cancer nurses who are experienced at caring for families and friends at this difficult time. They can answer your questions and concerns and provide ideas on how to best support those affected.

There are two booklets available that are divided up in helpful chapters so you can choose to read the entire book, or you may only need to refer to chapters at a given time. Students, families and school staff have generously shared their experiences and their perspectives appear throughout the book as personal stories.

Cancer in the School Community is a guide for school staff who would like to support students, families and colleagues affected by cancer. Click here to open

Talking to kids about Cancer is a guide on how to talk to children (infant to teenager) about cancer. Although it focuses on when a parent has cancer, it is useful for anyone who needs to explain a diagnosis of cancer to children. Click here to open

To speak to a cancer nurse or to order booklets, call 13 11 20 or 08 8944 1800.

Are you a Survivor or Carer?

Every Relay For Life begins with an Opening Lap to celebrate and support cancer Survivors and their Carers. All Survivors and Carers are welcome to join in—you don't even need to be part of a team. We hope you can join us.

Register for the Survivors and Carers lap

Would you like to volunteer at this Relay?

We need your help! Sign up to volunteer at the Darwin 2017 Relay and be part of a rewarding experience that makes a difference to your community. Get in touch and help make this Relay a success!

Volunteer at this Relay

See how your donations help.

Each donation, no matter how big or small, helps to fund Cancer Council's research, prevention, information and support services. To keep going strong, we need your support!

See how your donation helps