Student Event - Winner

This student event is such an extraordinary example of how high schools, the medical world and a university (all faculties were implicated!) can unite forces in their fight against cancer!


Relay For Life of ULB
Fondation Contre le Cancer (Belgium)

Team - Winner

Team Ffaith supports the Jamaica Cancer Society Relay For Life event. As a team that was formed as a direct result of their family members and friends being touched by cancer , Relay For Life is very personal to them. The contribute to the work of the Jamaica Cancer Society in eliminating cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica and to give back to the global fight against cancer.


Team FFaith
Relay For Life of Kingston, Jamaica
Jamaica Cancer Society


Team - Honorable Mention

The team captain has inspired the team to open up their networks - and by inviting their friends and family to events or requesting raffle prizes, they have steadily increased their income over the years. From their bingo nights to their nearly new sales and their prize draws, they set a precedent in Peterhead when they became the first team to fundraise all year round and other teams are now following suit. They are an inspiration at the event as they always have innovative fundraising activities for all ages, terrific costumes and cancer awareness banners for the dress up lap and have an equally brilliantly decorated tent.
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Relay For Life of Peterhead
Cancer Research UK

Event - Winner

The Relay For Life East London event started in 2009 - and through the past 8 years have received the full support of the East London Community. The community in and around East London has totally taken ownership of “their” Relay, with a total mix of cultures across the board, and the camaraderie experienced at the Relay is something to see, and especially the camaraderie and companionship experienced by the Cancer Survivors. Caregiver involvement have further enhanced the event. The teams have grown from the initial 120 teams to 230; survivor participation increased from 170 survivors to 227 survivors and income have more than doubled over the past years.
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Relay For Life of East London
Cancer Association of South Africa


Event - Honorable Mention

Survivor numbers also hit an all-time high in 2016 with an increase of 23% due to the committee’s continuing engagement with local cancer support groups. Survivors are guests of honour on event day but they are also welcomed to a specific Peterhead Heroes of Hope reception 3 weeks before. From the inspiring survivor’s speach at the opening ceremony, the bagpiper playing throughout the Candle of Hope ceremony to the jubilation at the announcement of the total during the closing ceremony, Relay For Life Peterhead is an unforgettable event. Cancer awareness activities help to involve visitors to the event, including interactive science experiments, themed team banners, cancer prevention literature and activities available for children. The event surpassed its 2016 fundraising goal by almost 10%, raising a record-breaking £219,353. They became the first Relay in the UK to raise more than £1m in their lifetime in 2014 and have now raised over £1.4m. They encouraged teams to sign up early using an incentive scheme which also resulted in them fundraising earlier and more often thanks to events such as World Cancer Day. Motivated by the fact that the Event Chair took tamoxifen, a drug developed by CRUK scientists, during her treatment for breast cancer and the desire to see no one else have to fight in future, Relay For Life Peterhead are exemplary ambassadors for Relay.


Relay For Life of Peterhead
Cancer Research UK



Volunteer Winner

Luke is always challenging others to think outside the box and create new and innovative ways to make their Relay a unique and incredible experience for those attending. His passion for Relay is not only limited to his actual event, Luke believes this is an amazing platform for those who have been touched by cancer which gives these incredible individuals a place to belong and meet other like-minded people within their own community. Luke wants to see Relay grow globally and succeed on an international scale ensuring this community gathering event is always available for those who need it. He truly believes Relay is an avenue for creating change in the cancer space.

Luke Barbuto
Relay For Life of Sutherland Shire
Cancer Council Australia


Volunteer - Honorable Mention

Rose started volunteering for Cancer Research UK back in 2006 when she started Relay in Ruislip. The first year saw 25 teams raising £50,000 and the second year raised £65,000. Rose then relocated to Ascot and started Relay For Life Ascot which has raised £893,775.64 to date. Rose encourages all teams to fundraise 365 days of the year and is a true believer in 365 fundraising and showcases her fundraising initiatives with all teams and other Relay events across the UK.


Rose Dalton
Relay For Life of Ascot
Cancer Research UK


Rookie Event Winner

In 2015 the Belgian foundation against cancer received a phone call from a survivor asking if it would be possible to organize a Relay in Aalst. In less than a month 25 people joined the committee. Each one of them was motivated to invest time in training from the staff partner and volunteers. They didn’t know each other in the beginning, but became friends for life. Shortly after the Relay they even organized a team building on a Sunday morning, with a healthy breakfast and fitness afterwards. This attention for mission development was reflected in all their activities.



Relay For Life of Aalst
Foundation Contre le Cancer (Belgium)

Rookie Event - Honorable Mention

The St Lawrence community encapsulates the meaning of Relay with the event being fully run by volunteers with two Relay Coaching Partners (lead volunteer committees) along with the St Lawrence committee pulling together this fantastic event for their first year.


Relay For Life of St Lawrence
Cancer Council Australia

Staff Winner

Fiona truly believes that the more people understand what their money is funding and realise their contribution is valued, the more they will want to be involved. Fiona epitomises the concept of Global Relay; not only is Peterhead the most successful Relay in the UK, she planned with the Committee to twin their Relay with Pottstown, Victoria Harbour and Gibraltar, to expand Peterhead’s event and to share ideas across countries and create partnerships in the Relay family; in 2016 members of the Gibraltar Committee attended Peterhead Relay. The Peterhead Committee always speak incredibly highly of Fiona and acknowledge that their success is a joint success and it’s heart-warming to hear volunteers speak so highly of a staff partner.


Fiona Harvey
Relay For Life of Peterhead
Cancer Research UK


Staff - Honorable Mention

Leatitia’s passion for CANSA; coaching & mentoring skills; conflict resolution is what makes her the leading staff partner. She has installed a culture of succession planning ensuring that Relay For Life is in the community for the community by the community for ever!


Leatitia Jordaan
Relay For Life of MAP
Cancer Association of South Africa



Congratulations to the 2016 Global Spirit of Relay Award Winners!

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