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  • The 20 year movement of a purple army

    10 February 2020

    For two decades, Relay For Life has given South Australians a unique and special way to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer—with events held right across the state and throughout the year.

    Since 2001, participants of Relay For Life have united together to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost and paint regional towns purple. These teams of families, friends and colleagues have rallied to raise an incredible $13.5 million in the fight back against cancer.

    And now, in 2020 we are celebrating the past 20 years of Relay For Life in South Australia—every step that countless teams have taken to bring us all closer to a cancer free future.

    We will be celebrating every lap that has helped increase the five year survival rate for all cancer types—which currently sits at 69 per cent—20 per cent higher than in the 1980s.

    For dedicated Relayer Dan, Relay For Life is more than an event, it’s a way to commemorate a very special person—his mum.

    “We lost mum to ovarian cancer in 2018, and it was during her 16 month long battle that we first started planning for Relay For Life. And we have Relayed ever since.

    “For me, my family, friends and even my colleagues, Relay For Life is a way to remember our special someone, and it’s really good as far as support—being able to talk about cancer in such a positive light and fundraise for the event.

    “Relay isn’t just a way to raise money, it is a way to start a conversation. You really do get a sense that everyone is there for the same reason which is what makes the event so powerful.

    “I think we all have a special someone, or a reason why we relay, and I hope that this will inspire everyone to Relay For Life in 2020, every step on the track brings us closer to a cancer free future.”

    The 20 year event at the Adelaide Central Relay For Life on 29 February – 1 March 2020 is an opportunity for all South Australians to come together to celebrate these milestones and achievements as well as commemorate their reasons to Relay. 

    Can’t make it to Adelaide Central on 29 Feb? See the back page for all the other Relay For Life events happening across SA in 2020 or visit relayforlife.org.au to find out more.


    Walk, jog, run or dance around the track alongside Relayer’s like Dan at Adelaide Central 2020 and join the army of purple as we honour 20 wonderful years of Relay in SA. Relay Your Way from 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm and embrace all that Relay has to offer, without committing to the whole night.

    If you or anyone you love has ever heard the words “you have cancer”, you’re invited to walk in the Survivor and Carer’s Lap of Honour. Join us for the Candlelight Ceremony and dedicate a candle bag and remind everyone why we Relay.

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