136 teams

1964 participants

304 Survivors and Carers

1 movement fighting back against cancer

Saturday 4th May - 09:15 AM to

Sunday 5th May - 10:00 AM.

0 days to go! Get ready!

Don Lucas Reserve,

Wanda Beach,

Cronulla, NSW, 2230

Renee Dean

E: Renee.Dean@nswcc.org.au

P: +61293341600

Why We Relay

Welcome! Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Sutherland Shire community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives. You and your team can stay at the event as little as 1 hour OR take the challenge to keep a member of your team on the track the whole 24 hours – it’s up to you. 

Join the thousands of Australians who take part in Cancer Council’s Relay For Life each year in the fight against cancer:  start or join a team in the Sutherland Shire Relay today! 

A-Z Information Booklet

Click here to an A-Z Information booklet which includes 'must know' information for the Team Captain and Team Members in preparation for Relay weekend. 

This document will be updated 2 weeks from event weekend as detailed information gets finalised. 

Information Session
We will be holding a team information session on Wednesday 10th April 2019 at Tradies Gymea - 57 Manchester Road North, Gymea. This will be a chance for you to ask questions about the event, learn about what’s new, meet the volunteer organising committee and book various things like your campsite, banquet table, Shelley wood award nominations, team members etc

Congratulations to our top 10 campsites and all the effort put into incorporating, celebrate, remember and fight back. You have been reserved the same campsites for 2019.

  1. Pink Sisterhood / Pink One
  2. Just keep swimming
  3. Merv’s Angels
  4. Angels and Butterflies
  5. No Delay
  6. Rosemary’s Angels
  7. Netty’s Girls
  8. Shelly’s Shutterbuggers
  9. Vic’s Voice
  10. Cure For Brain Cancer

For the teams mentioned above, if you have any questions about your campsite, please email Helen: camping@shirerelay.com.au


All other teams must rebook their camping spot for the 2019 event. It’s advised that all teams registered must book a camping spot, and have a minimum of FOUR people also registered to the team.
Please register your team and camping spot before 31st March 2019 to help assist us with allocating the spaces available and email us the details below ASAP.
We request that teams only book one campsite per ten participants.

To Book
To book your campsite please email Helen at camping@shirerelay.com.au with the following:

  • Team Name
  • Team Captain name
  • Team Captain phone and email
  • No. of expected team members (minimum of 4)
  • How many campsites (each campsite is 3 x 5m)

If you have any questions about camping, please email camping@shirerelay.com.au
The 2018 Sutherland Shire Relay Campsite Map can be found here.


The Relay For Life Banquet was introduced with great success in 2009. It is a group outdoor dinner, situated on the track, and is a great time at the event to sit and relax with your team mates (and friends and family) and enjoy the entertainment on the main stage.

Banquet guests are encouraged to bring their own food from home, order in food from a local takeaway restaurant, or purchase food onsite from the catering marquee for dinner.

Banquet tables must be booked and paid for in advance - a table and 10 chairs is $50. The banquet will be located in front of the main stage around the track and will be designated as per the order of the booking. Specific table locations will be available after 4pm Saturday at the Information Tent.

For those that haven’t booked in advance get them to fill out a Banquet Order forms (see folder). Banquet starts at 7:15pm

What is this year’s theme?

Choose your own Theme

Can I bring my own table and chairs and join in?


When will we know where our table is located?

Banquet tables will be set up in front of the stage after the Candlelight Ceremony.

What if it is raining?

The Banquet will still go ahead if raining, but will be moved to an undercover area.  A wet weather plan will be decided as needed on the day.

Prizes will be awarded for the best themed table and the best dressed banquet guests.

Click here for the 2019 Sutherland Shire Banquet Table Reservation Form

For any banquet enquiries please email: 

Shelley Wood Award

Shelley Wood worked tirelessly on the Relay For Life Committee and the event, alongside her family, to bring hope, courage and inspiration to others affected by Cancer. Despite her treatment and the effect cancer had on her health, Shelley continued to give back to others with a huge smile and a love for life.

Shelley attended the 2005 Shire Relay and read the OATH at the Opening Ceremony, shortly before passing away on 21 June 2005. Her memory lives on through the volunteer work of her family, Marion and Don Wood (parents) and Stuart Wood (brother) and the Sutherland Shire Relay For Life Shelley Wood Award.

The Award is given each year to a survivor who also has experienced the effects of cancer; someone who against all odds, has fought back and overcome their life circumstances, and who looks beyond themselves to the welfare of others to bring hope, courage and inspiration. Invitations for nominations are requested each year at the Sutherland Shire Relay For Life.

The Shelley Wood Award winner is announced at the Wrap Up Function where an Award is presented. Please nominate a survivor and write the story of their diagnosis, treatment and journey of living with cancer.

Click here for the 2019 Shelley Wood Award Nominations Form.

For Shelley Wood Award enquiries please email: shelleywoodaward@shirerelay.com.au

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Relay For Life is a community event and it would not be possible without the support we receive from our community. In particular, there are local businesses that provide us with monetary and in-kind support.

If you would like your business to become a sponsor of the Relay For Life contact the Organising Committee via Renee Dean on 02 9334 1600 or renee.dean@nswcc.org.au 

Tradies is our major sponsor and has been supporting the Sutherland Shire Relay For Life community event over the past 11 years. Tradies has supported the volunteer committee over the planning journey, by providing us with accommodation for our meetings and also entering a team into the event. Each year, Tradies support has been valued at over $45,000 (cash and in-kind). Thank you Kathryn and all the staff at Tradies, we couldn’t do it without you!


We wouldn’t have a venue without the support of the Sutherland Shire Council! Thank you to the Council for their generous donation of providing a great venue to hold the annual Sutherland Shire Relay and their assistance in promoting the event in the Sutherland Shire community.


A big thanks to ANSTO our Gold Sponsor who has been supporting the Sutherland Shire Relay since 2013.

ANSTO is a major supplier of nuclear medicine which is used to help accurately diagnose and treat a range of cancers and because of the important research their scientists do in exploring new cancer treatments, it's only fitting that they are a supporter of Relay For Life.  


Dancetime Hire support the Sutherland Shire Relay with greatly reduced rates in equipment such as the stage, marquees etc. Thank you to the tireless efforts of the team at Dancetime Hire for supporting the Relay over the years.


CWE Audiovisual have been involved with Sutherland Shire Relay for a number of years providing audio visual equipment for our event, which includes our big screens and specialised lighting. Thank you to Craig and the team at CWE for their continued support, as we could not provide the experience we currently do to our community without them.

Thank you to the team at the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader for their support in providing local media coverage for the event. This is extremely valuable to inform the people of the Sutherland Shire about their local community event.

Highland Property Agents is delighted to be supporting the Cancer Council’s 2018 Sutherland Shire Relay for Life as Gold Sponsors and team participants. Since 1985, Relay For Life has raised much needed funds and awareness for the Cancer Council’s work in caring and supporting individuals affected by cancer as well as carrying out vital research and prevention programs. At Highland Property Agents we are proud to be able to support and giving back to our local community which has been such an integral part of our growth and success by sponsoring initiatives such as Relay for Life. We look forward to seeing you all at Don Lucas Reserve, Wanda Beach on Saturday 4 May - Sunday 5 May for this very worthy fund raising event.

The GenesisCare Oncology Centre in Hurstville is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the Sutherland Shire Relay for Life for the fifth year running.
GenesisCare is a global leader in radiation therapy, with treatment centres across Australia, the United Kingdom, and Spain. Medical oncology is also provided in select centres, including at the Hurstville clinic at Waratah Private Hospital.
Rapid access to personalised treatment is available for all patients at our Hurstville centre, where world-class treatment techniques are delivered by some of the country’s most experienced doctors and healthcare professionals. For suitable patients, access to local and international clinical trials may also be available.
If you would like to learn more about GenesisCare visit genesiscare.com or call 02 8568 7600.

Cancer impacts our friends, our customers, our employees and their families, that’s why Enware are proud supporters of the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life. Enware is proud to support Relay For Life in the Sutherland Shire in 2018 by joining in with the local community we are a part of, to raise awareness and much-needed funds for Cancer Council NSW. We’ve all been impacted by cancer and we can all do something about it. The Enware Team look forward to seeing you at Don Lucas Reserve, Wanda Beach on Saturday 4 May - Sunday 5 May.

Shimano is a global enterprise renowned for its high quality fishing and tackle gear and world recognised top performance cycling components. The Australian office and warehouse distribution centre is located in the Sutherland Shire and employs over 100 staff. Shimano is excited and proud to be a part of this local community event both as a sponsor and also as event participants. Shimano highly values the contribution Relay For Life makes to those who have been or are currently affected by cancer.

The Rotary Clubs of the Sutherland Shire are a motivated group of local businesses and residents who have fun and fellowship whilst working to improve the local and international community. Rotary represents service in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues & support youth development, as well as providing much needed volunteer support to other existing community groups. The Rotary Clubs of Caringbah, Como-Jannali, Cronulla, Engadine, Sutherland and Sylvania have supported the Shire Relay for more than 10 years, by providing manpower and raising much needed funds. If you would like to find out more about Rotary please go to http://rotarydistrict9675.org/ClubDirectory


TIME AND LOCATION Please refer to our Event Program and Map for more detailed information
Registration desk
Gates open
Main stage
Opening Ceremony
Starting line
Survivors and Carers Lap of Honour
Starting line
Official Relay 24 hour Countdown Begins
Main stage
Candlelight Ceremony
7:00 am
Main stage
Rotary Complimentary Breakfast
Starting line
Survivors & Carers Reverse Lap
Main stage
Official Event Finish & Closing Ceremony
Survivor and Carer Activities

At Relay, we host a range of activities just for Survivors and Carers, so you can connect with others who have shared similar experiences and find support within your community.

Check back soon to find the full list of Survivor and Carer activities.

On the track
 Lap of Honour
Survivor & Carer tent
Survivor & Carer Morning Tea

For survivors and carers enquiries please email: survivorsandcarers@shirerelay.com.au



  • Best Campsite
  • Best Dressed Team
  • Best Baton
  • Best Themed and Dressed Banquet
  • Tradies Miss Relay Pageant
  • Spirit of Relay
  • Highest Team Fundraiser
  • Most Laps Individual
  • Most Laps Team
  • Nippers Challenge
  • Shelley Wood Award
Food and Drink Vendors
For food and drink vendor enquiries please email: catering@shirerelay.com.au 

Everyone Marathon

Want to challenge yourself this year at Relay? Participate in the Everyone Marathon at the 2019 Sutherland Shire Relay. The Marathon is fun and achievable for all. All the information you need, including FAQ's are below.

What is the Everyone Marathon?

This Everyone Marathon is open to ANY participant who wishes to WALK OR RUN 42km in total.

Benefits of participating in the Everyone Marathon?

A timing chip must be purchase upon registration at a cost of $5.00 per chip, so you can record your laps and kilometres completed during the marathon. Every participant who finishes the Everyone Marathon receives their very own medal.

How do I register?

You will need to be a participant of the Sutherland Shire Relay For Life Event in order to participate in the Everyone Marathon – click here to register www.shirerelay.com.au

On Saturday 4 May, you will need to register for the marathon at the marathon Registration desk, located next to the start line. Registrations open from 7am.

When does it start?

Saturday 4 May, 2019, 10am.

How does it work?

On Saturday 4 May, arrive at 7am to register for the marathon at the marathon Registration desk.

Once registered for the Everyone Marathon you must purchase a timing chip at a cost of $5.00 each. Each timing chip is linked to an individual’s name. Each participant will do their own laps with their own timing chips. Results can be viewed live through a website that will be given out at registration.Timing chips must be returned to the registration area after completing your marathon.

At the end of the marathon, every participant who finishes will receive their very own medal.

Refreshments will be available, but we recommend you bring your own water bottle to refill, and snacks to keep your energy levels high.

There will be warm up activities and stretches to get you ready for the marathon starting at 8.45am.


How wide is the track?
Answer: The track is made up of 2.5 metres of bitumen track with a 5 metre specially built grass track giving an overall 7.5-metre-wide track.

How long is the track? 
Answer: The track is 440 metres long (Sylvania was 400 metres).

How many laps do I need to run/walk to complete a marathon? 
Answer :96 laps which is calculated by dividing 42.195 kilometres by 440 metres which gives 95.89 laps which will be adjusted at the starting lap. Therefore the start for the marathon will be 395 metres before the official start line to make up the distance .

Is there accurate timing? 
Answer: Timing chips (Chips are available for purchase at 5 dollars). Progressive Results will be displayed on a TV screen in the timing tent and periodically on the big screens. We continue to explore the best timing methods for Relay.

Can I check to ensure my timing chip is working properly? 
Answer: yes between 0700 and 0900 on the Saturday you can test your Timing chip at the start/ finish gantry.

Can I push a pram or use a wheelchair?
Answer: yes. At least half of the 2.5 metre bitumen pathway will be reserved for those who have wheels or need a solid surface.

Are there prizes? 
Answer: If you purchase a timing chip and complete the marathon there is a medal for individuals. (subject to a limit on numbers).

Can I get my laps engraved on the Medal? 
Answer: Yes. Grants Engraving, 90A Cawarra Road Carringbah has generously donated the medals for the last number of years. You can go there any time after the Relay and have your name and laps engraved for a small fee.

Will I be able to see progressive laps completed? 
Answer: yes, on the screen in the timing tent and displayed on the big screen at regular intervals.

Do I have to run all the way?
Answer: no, you can run, jog or walk or do a mixture of the above.

Can we complete the Relay marathon as a team? 
Answer: You can have a large or small team if attending for the whole 24 hours then a team of 10 is suggested so that you have someone on the track throughout the whole 24 hours.

Is the track flat? 
Answer: The track has a slight elevation of 5 metres rise in the back corner. It commences at 15 metres above sea level and reaches 20 metres at its highest point.

Has the track been improved since 2019? 
Answer: The Sutherland Shire Council continues to maintain the track with rolling, and grass repairs plus watering are being carried out.

Are Water and Toilets available? 
Answer: There are several water points, drinking fountains and toilets trackside.

How do I see the track at night? 
Answer: portable lighting will floodlight the track.

Is there a time limit? 
Answer: The relay runs for 24 hours so there is plenty of time to complete a marathon or an ultra.

Do I have to start at 10am Saturday? 
Answer: No, you can come later in the day, but it is recommended to begin before 1500 on the Saturday, as there are many other activities occurring as part of relay.

Can I have a break at night (sleep) and still complete a marathon and collect a medal? 
Answer: Yes

Will St Johns ambulance be in attendance the whole 24 hours? 
Answer: Yes

How long will the nippers be competing? 
Answer: The Nipper challenge will run from 10am until 10pm on the Saturday with the trophy presented on the Sunday morning.


We've got an exciting line up for 2019 - both on the main stage and around the track.

Check back in April 2019 for the full entertainment timetable!

For any entertainment enquiries please email: entertainment@shirerelay.com.au