Information for schools

Schools at Relay For Life

How can your school get involved?

There are many ways that your school can help in the fight against cancer. Whether it is a class activity, a gold coin casual dress-day or a mini-Relay at the school one afternoon, the opportunities 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 is highly valued at Relay For Life.

What do I need to do to be a registered school?

1. Register your team: Ideally the lead teacher 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 will be set up on our website. Be sure to personalise your page with why your school is involved and add plenty of pictures!

2. Commence your fundraising and Relay activities: Promote your Relay For Life activities though 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 Victoria website to explore what Cancer Council Victoria do in the areas of research, support services and prevention programs. Share you learnings and empower your students with the information on how to cut their cancer risk, and how they can help bring us closer to a cancer-free future.

3. Bank funds raised: All money raised contributes to life-saving research and prevention programs and provides information and support to all Victorians. As you bank, your total will increase on your webpage!

4. Attend the local Relay event (if timing permits): Visit the local event to see your community supporting those impacted by cancer overnight. If your team is involved in the event, get creative with costumes and decorate your campsite. Supervision requirements are applicable.

Resources available to download here include:

- Primary School flier

- Secondary School flier

- School poster a4 (editable at the bottom)

School poster a3 (editable at the bottom)

Fundraising ideas and goal poster

Cancer Council resources

When someone in a school community is diagnosed with cancer, it can be hard to know how to best provide support. So please know, our experienced cancer nurses on our 13 11 20 information and support line are here to help you. These nurses are compassionate listeners and can provide you with practical advice. They answer your questions and can provide ideas on how you can help your community through this difficult time.

There are two free booklets available. Students, families and school staff have generously shared their experiences and their perspectives appear throughout the book as personal stories.

CCV131120Cancer in the school community is a guide for staff members who would like to support students, families and colleagues affected by cancer.

Talking to kids about cancer offers ideas of how to talk with your children at each stage, from diagnosis to life after cancer. Although the book focuses on when a parent has cancer, much of the discussion will be relevant for anyone who needs to explain a diagnosis of cancer to children.

To speak with a cancer nurse or to order free booklets, call 13 11 20. Nurses are available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. You can also email at

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 Moreland 2018 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