Relay for Life – for cancer research

Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Hawthorn East community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.


Each Relay For Life event is organised by a local volunteer committee on behalf of the Cancer Council. Our club has members on this committee. Teams of 10­–15, which are headed up by a team captain, get together and fund-raise year-round. Everyone then meets at the Relay to celebrate the amazing fundraising achievements of the past year. Teams participate in a relay-style walk or run, challenging themselves to stay on the track overnight. Each event is unique and you can stay for the whole event and camp overnight, enjoy the fun activities and attend the moving ceremonies that make Relay For Life so special.

Our club enters a team and our members support this annual event. We sponsor our youth service partners who also participate. In March 2016 we held our club meeting at the event with a barbecue, followed by the candlelight ceremony.

The 2017 Hawthorn Relay for Life will take place from 4pm on Saturday 25 March until 10am on Sunday 26 March at the John Gardiner Reserve, Auburn Road, Hawthorn.

Please join our CantRot team or support this worthy cause through a donation.

Paint the Town Purple


To raise community awareness, in 2016 our Rotary Club ran a competition for the businesses in Maling Road, Canterbury. The street was decorated prior to the Relay for Life event in March. Winner of the Best Dressed Window award for 2016 was Bohemia Cakes for their overall touch of purple approach: window, menu, sugar cup, cupcakes, iced cakes, decorations…great effort.
Thank you to all 23 businesses who participated.
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