Relay For Life

IGA is the Principal Sponsorship 2021, 2022 & 2023


What is Relay For Life?

Relay For Life is a chance for communities to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them. Relay also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

About Cancer Council Tasmania

In 2021, Cancer Council Tasmania (CCT) celebrates 26 years of cancer research and providing support services throughout Tasmania.

Cancer Council Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation that has been supporting Tasmanians on their cancer journey since 1995. More than nine Tasmanians are diagnosed with cancer each day. The impact on the individual, family and friends is significant. With one in two of us diagnosed with cancer by the time we are 85 years old, we will all be touched in some way by this disease.

Every Tasmanian has a cancer story.

We are very thankful for the generosity of Tasmanians, as we are 90% funded by the community. All these funds stay here in Tasmania and contribute to our research, support services, cancer prevention programs and advocacy.

  • We fund local cancer related research projects.
  • We provide quality support services for people impacted by cancer.
  • We invest in cancer prevention programs, which educate the community about lifestyle factors that can decrease the risk of cancer.
  • We provide a respected voice for the needs of people affected by cancer.
  • We ensure that all funds raised in Tasmania stay in Tasmania so we can support those in our communities who need it.

Where The Money Goes

Cancer Council Tasmania invests widely in cancer research and provides a wide range of supportive care to assist people impacted by cancer across Tasmania. This care is delivered at our three Cancer Support Centres (Hobart, Launceston, and Devonport) at no cost to the public.

We fund local cancer RESEARCH projects and have contributed in excess of $5.5 million over the past 25 years.

Through PREVENTION, we connect with communities across the state, by educating and empowering people in how to reduce their risk of cancer. Our 'Sun Smart Program' encourages schools and educates students to be sun smart.

We offer SUPPORT by providing high quality services for those individuals and families impacted by cancer and treatment.

Over the past financial year, our support and prevention services have provided:

  • 27,600 cancer support and prevention information resources.
  • 7,439 support contacts from Cancer Council Tasmania support staff.
  • transport2treatment vehicles delivered 395 individuals to 4,800 treatment appointments across Tasmania.
  • Over 500 wigs are available to people who have lost their hair due to treatment for cancer.
  • Our Rachel and Jye (under 18 financial assistance) Program delivered $22,000 in
  • assistance to young people and their families.
  • Our Seize the Day Scholarships awarded $35,000 to 37 young people (to assist
  • post-secondary students impacted by cancer).
  • Our Sun-Smart Program reaches over 70,000 children (and their families) across
  • Tasmanian Childcare Centres, Primary Schools and Secondary Schools.

Through ADVOCACY, we ensure that the evidence and initiatives to reduce cancer risk are well supported, by prioritising the areas where we can be most effective.