Relay For Life volunteers

Overview of the event

Cancer Council's Relay For Life is an incredible overnight event that is an opportunity for family, friends and colleagues to get together with the community and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

It is a unique event where teams challenge themselves to take turns to keep a baton moving in a relay style walk or run. Each event is unique and you can stay for the whole event or just visit and enjoy the free entertainment, prizes and ceremonies that make Relay For Life so inspirational.

Overview of volunteer roles

Each Relay For Life event is organised by a local volunteer organising committee in partnership with Cancer Council Victoria.

Relay For Life committee members act as representatives of Cancer Council Victoria and as such are expected to understand the responsibility that the committee position holds (please see attachement below for committee volunteer roles).

Time commitment and responsibilities

Each local committee varies in it's planning schedule, with the ideal time frame six to nine months leading into the event. Responsibilities as a Relay For Life committee member include:

  • Attending a monthly meeting (held after-hours for a maximum two hours). Frequency increases closer to the event and is dependent on the role and shared responsibilities.
  • Volunteer hours are flexible. Depending on the role, two hours a week is suggested to follow up in between meetings on action items and planning via email, phone calls and possible promotional opportunities.
  • On event day, responsibilities are shared and a roster is developed for the event duration, including set-up and pack down. After the event, a debrief meeting and a celebration dinner ensure key learning's and results are shared and celebrated.

Benefits of the role

Each role is varied and brings with it many benefits and development opportunities, including strengthening your team work and communication skills, practical work experience to strengthen your resume, and a chance to increase your community interaction and social interaction.

All funds raised from each Relay For Life event helps the Cancer Council invest in life-saving research, education and support services for all Victorians.


Relay For Live events are held all over Victoria.

View all event locations with volunteer opportunities.

More information 

For further information please have a look at the attached summary of committee roles and contact the Relay For Life team on 1300 65 65 85 or

Apply for a position 

Relay For Life Volunteer Committee


Cancer Council Victoria has a strong commitment to the safety, wellbeing and protection of children and youth. We therefore have robust screening procedures for all volunteers. This will include a Working with Children Check and depending on the role may also include a criminal record check.

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