The Cancer Society takes the health and well-being of our communities seriously. In response to COVID-19 we have decided to cancel our Bay of Plenty Relay For Life event that was scheduled for Saturday 2 May.

Although this is disappointing, especially for those who have registered to participate in Relay For Life, the good health of the community is our first priority. We are especially mindful that many of the people we support are particularly vulnerable, so we need to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Because of ongoing uncertainty, we have made the decision to cancel the event rather than postpone to a later date. At this time, we are not prepared to set a new date for Relay For Life until we know it is safe to do so.

Relay For Life is one of our major community fundraisers that brings people together and we are committed to running this vibrant event in our region in the future. Relay For Life is unique in that it encourages us to celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those who have passed away and collectively fight back by raising funds. With the funds raised, the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society can deliver vital services across our region.

We would like to thank all our event participants, volunteers and staff for the huge amount of work that has been done to plan and manage Relay For Life.

If you’re a registered participant, we’ll be in touch by email to talk about what the cancellation means for you.

In the meantime, if you have any queries please contact the Bay of Plenty Relay For Life team.

Cancer Society Waikato / Bay of Plenty Division

One in three New Zealanders will be affected by cancer in their lifetime.

The Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society provides free support services for people with cancer, their carers and whanau, funds vital cancer research and provides the public with information on reducing the risk of cancer through a smoke free, sun smart, healthy lifestyle.

The Cancer Society is community-funded and relies on the generosity of New Zealanders to help fund these services.

The Waikato/Bay of Plenty Division of the Cancer Society is a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005, registration number CC24649.