Shorter relay first for NZ


New Zealand’s first 12-hour Relay for Life will be held in Hamilton when the event returns to Mystery Creek Events Centre on March 12, 2016.

Traditionally held over 22 hours, Relay for Life is a community event during which teams keep their baton moving around a track, fundraising for the Cancer Society.

“We’re really excited to be the first in the country to introduce a 12-hour relay,” says Catriona Findlay, fundraising manager for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society.

The team from Te Kohao Health at Relay For Life 2015.

The team from Te Kohao Health at Relay For Life 2015.

“Relay 2016 will be faster and more fun than ever, with non-stop entertainment across two stages and plenty happening to keep everyone’s energy up.

The revised format will see the relay start at 10am and finish at 10pm, a change which the Cancer Society believes will enable more teams to take part.

“This is the thirteenth year we’re holding Relay for Life in Hamilton,” says Catriona. “While the event has been extremely successful over the years, we realise it can be difficult for many people to commit to a 22-hour event, particularly those with young families.

The Cancer Society says that while the relay will be shorter, it will still include everything regular participants have come to expect, including the candlelight remembrance ceremony.

“The 12-hour event will still encompass everything that relay  is all about – celebrating cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost to cancer and fighting back by raising funds and awareness for the Cancer Society,” says Catriona.

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