What is Global Relay For Life?

For 25 years the Global Relay For Life movement has brought together cancer societies across the globe, now uniting 29 Relay For Life Partners in one shared mission: to find a cure for cancer and support patients and their families throughout their journey.

Here is how the program looked in 2019:

To find out more about Relay For Life please visit Global Relay For Life

How many countries hold Relay For Life events?

29 countries partner with Global Relay For Life

  • Australia

  • Belgium

  • Bermuda

  • Canada

  • Denmark

  • France

  • Honduras

  • Iceland

  • India

  • Ireland

  • Jamaica

  • Japan

  • Kenya

  • Luxembourg

  • Malaysia

  • New Zealand

  • Norway

  • Philippines

  • Portugal

  • Singapore

  • South Africa

  • St. Lucia

  • Switzerland

  • United Arab Emirates

  • United Kingdom

  • United States of America

  • Uruguay

  • Zambia

  • Zimbabwe


What is the Global Relay For Life Festival?

The Global Relay For Life Festival is a 24-hour virtual Relay For Life celebration open to all Relay For Life participants across the world! You can learn about all 29 Relay For Life programs, network with other Relay For Life participants, and remember those touched by cancer during our luminaria display. We will celebrate, remember, and fight back together!

When and where will the festival take place?

The Global Relay For Life Festival will be held from 6 PM GMT on November 12th - 6 PM GMT November 13th in the Virtual world of VirBela. Click to download the ACS Virtual Campus.

See the schedule of events here.


Who can participate in the GRFL Festival?

This event is open to all people to come and have fun connecting with Relay For Life participants, volunteers and staff from all over the world.

How do I participate in the GRFL Festival?

Register as an individual participant or join a team, and join us on November 12th -13th in the virtual world of VirBella ACS Virtual Campus.

How do I register for the GRFL Festival?

The registration platform and participant pre-event journey will open 6 weeks prior to the Festival. You will find a great deal of information and guidance there.

When will I be able to access the GRFL Festival virtual campus?

The American Cancer Society Campus will be open to all registered participants from 6 PM GMT on November 12th  - 6 PM GMT on November 13th. We highly recommend you download the app and create your avatar now!

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Where will the funds I raise go?

During the registration process each participant will choose a country/organization. All funds raised by that individual and their team will go directly to that charity!

Do I have to fundraise to join the GRFL Festival?

There is no fundraising requirement to join the Global Relay For Life Festival, however all of our cancer fighting missions depend on funds raised! We hope you will support your country’s organization by seeking donations and by selling luminaria that will be displayed during the Festival.

What will happen at the GRFL Festival?

Activities will include live music, purchase and dedication of luminaria bags, survivorship activities, opportunities to meet others from around the Relay world, interactive tools and games, idea-sharing and lots of fun in this virtual platform.

What is the schedule of events for the GRFL Festival?

Click here to view the GRFL festival agenda: