What is 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.

If you have any questions or concerns about cancer, please make sure to contact the Cancer Nurseline on their freephone number 1800 200 700 or visit www.cancer.ie.

Relay has something to offer everyone, so please do join us.


What happens at Relay

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 thousands 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 bag for a small donation and your bag will be displayed at the Candle of Hope ceremony. 

Relay has many highlights throughout the 24 hours. 

Our Opening Ceremony

Our Survivors lap will open our event, a lap of purple t-shirts, where we celebrate cancer survivorship, an emotional reminder that survivors are beacons of hope to us all. 

The Carers & Volunteers lap

The Carers & Vounteers Lap is where we acknowledge and thank the night nurses, volunteer drivers, family and friends who stood strong and supported a cancer patient, a gentle reminder that cancer impacts not just the patient but the entire family and circle of friends. 

Our Candle of Hope Ceremony

The Candle of Hope Ceremony at dusk where the flickering lights of the candles light up the night, candles representing names of loved ones lost or candles of hope representing those who have survived or are still fighting the disease. 

Our Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony will be our finale! We want to come together one last time to celebrate, remember and show we are fighting back as a community, standing strong toghether in Wexford. 

How to get involved

Support a Team


Know someone on a Team already? Support their fundraising directly.

Join a Team


Join Relay For Life by creating a team today. Gather your friends, family or colleagues to join your team.

Buy a Candle bag


Purchase a candle bag to decorate in honor of someone lost to or going through cancer. Your bag will be displayed at our Candle of hope event for you to visit.

Join Survivors at Relay

Join our community of survivors at Relay. It's a great way to meet people that have been on a similar journey. You can take part in our Survivors Event.

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