Relay For Life Volunteer

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About Relay for Life

Relay for Life is the biggest cancer fundraising initiative across the world. It sees communities across the globe coming together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and stand shoulder to shoulder with those battling cancer. Relay For Life is a celebration of solidarity and helps to raise awareness of the services provided by the Irish Cancer Society locally and nationally.

Relay For Life brings the whole community together to Celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, to Remember those lost to the disease, and to Fight Back by increasing our knowledge of cancer and by raising money to fund life-saving cancer research and free services for cancer patients and their loved ones. 

Relay has something to offer everyone, so please do join us. It is a free event and everyone is welcome.

Cancer never sleeps, so nor do our Relay teams. In this 24 hour event teams join together to walk through the day and night. Members of teams take it in turns to walk a designated distance or time, with someone from the team being on the move at all times in the 24 hour period.

When not walking, members of the teams, and their friends, families and colleagues are free to socialise, enjoy live entertainment and take part in activities arranged by their committee.

There is also a Candle of Hope ceremony, where hundreds of candle bags that have been personalised with messages of hope and remembrance are lit during a moving ceremony involving music and speeches. Anyone can purchase a Candle of Hope bag for a small donation, see your local Relay Page to find out more

What’s involved in volunteering at Relay for Life?

As a relay for life volunteer, you will be working as part of a committee that organises Relay for Life events in your area. Depending on your location, you will be joining an existing Relay for Life committees or you may be interested in setting up a committee in your community. 

As a committee member you will be involved in organising the event from beginning to end: sourcing local sponsors, promoting your Relay for Life in the community, organise activities and manage the volunteers who support you on the day.

If you do not wish to become a committee member, but would like to take part in a relay for life event you can find out more information on your local Relay Page.

What are the requirements to be a relay for Life Volunteer?

  • You have strong organizational skills
  • You have good communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • You are passionate about the cause and can get your community involved
  • You can motivate people and have good connections in your community
  • You are a team player
  • You are a problem solver with a can do attitude

Next steps and apply now

If you are interested in bringing relay to your local community, becoming a team captain, taking part in a relay event or simply finding out more about it, you can contact our dedicated Relay for Life team here:

About Relay For Life

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