Relay For Life (RFL) is a global movement founded in May 1985 by the American Cancer Society in Tacoma, Washington. Since then, it has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, raising about $5 billion to fight cancer. Close to 4 million participants take part in RFL across the globe annually, making it one of the world’s largest fundraiser.

Singapore is the 25th member country to organise RFL. Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) aims to rally the local community together to CELEBRATE the lives of those who have battled cancer, REMEMBER loved ones lost and FIGHT BACK against a disease that has taken many lives. It is also an excellent platform for cancer survivors, caregivers and volunteers to be recognised, supported and connected via a strong support system.

Race Period: 20 to 28 March 2021
Venue: Anywhere (virtual event)
Admission: Free
Registration: (Registration closes on 19 March 2021)

With a targeted outreach of 5,000 participants, this community event also seeks to raise $900,000 to fund SCS’ various programmes and services that serve the needs of the cancer community.

To honour the themes of RFL – Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back, the following activities will be taking place during the event:

Celebrate (Survivor’s Lap)

RFL celebrates life and, most importantly, cancer survivors’ victory over the disease. At the physical event, survivors take the first lap around the track to celebrate their triumph while cheered on by the other participants who line the track. The event also recognises caregivers who give time, love and support to their friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers facing cancer.

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, RFL 2021 will rally the community to come together through a virtual platform to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and fundraise for the cancer cause.

Remember (Luminaria)

The Remember segment of RFL honours those who have passed on from cancer and those who have fought against it. During the Remember segment, personalised luminaria bags are lit and placed at the event as glowing tributes to those who have been affected by cancer.

As RFL is going virtual in 2021, Luminaria bags will be showcased online at a virtual on the RFL website.

Fight Back

This emotionally powerful segment inspires Relay For Life participants to take action and symbolises the commitment that every individual can make in the fight against cancer. The actions taken represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer all year-round and commit to saving lives.

Event Highlights


Interested participants are not required to pay a registration fee to join RFL 2021; however, they are encouraged to complete different tasks to receive the event’s e-certificates, e-badges and physical entitlements. The virtual event aims to allow its participants to experience the Relay through activities that symbolise the RFL slogan – Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.

Task E-Badge Add-on Entitlements
Fundraise minimum $30 / person Celebrate – Event / Survivor T-shirt
– Fundraiser e-certificate
Dedicate / Write a message on a Lumiaria Bag
(A luminiaria bag will be provided for every $10 donated)
Take part in the “RFL Fight Back Challenge” and submit a Challenge Activity from 20 – 28 March 2021
(100KM Challenge or My Fight Back Challenge)
Fight Back – Participant e-certificate
Collect all 3 (Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back) e-badges RFL 2021 – Physical RFL Medal

Celebrate Task
RFL is about rallying the community to come together to support and fundraise for the cancer cause, hence participants who have fundraised at least $30 individually will receive a Celebrate e-badge, and an event t-shirt.

Remember Task
To experience the Remember segment, we would like to invite participants to dedicate or write a message on a luminaria bag to those affected by cancer.

With every $10 donated, donors will receive an email link to personalise their luminaria bag. Participants must provide the same email as per their sign up when dedicating the luminaria bags, to receive the Remember e-badge.

Fight Back Task
During registration, participants will choose either the 100KM Challenge or My Fight Back Challenge as their pledge to fight back against cancer. Participants are required to submit a snapshot of their Challenge activity between 20 – 28 March 2021 to receive the Fight Back e-badge.

RFL 2021 Task
After collecting all three (Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back) e-badges, participants will be awarded an RFL 2021 e-badge and a physical RFL 2021 Medal.

100KM Challenge

The fight against cancer is a long and arduous battle. The 100KM Challenge signifies that the fight against cancer never sleeps until the cure for cancer is found. This challenge offers all participants the opportunity to declare their fight against cancer and test their mental fortitude.

This year, in addition to walking and/or running, participants will also be allowed to clock their distances by swimming and cycling for 100km or more to show support for the cancer community and let them know that they are not alone in the fight against cancer.

Participants who have fundraised a minimum of $30/person and completed the 100KM individually or with their teammates, will be entitled to a 100KM Finisher T-shirt.

My Fight Back Challenge

A NEW OPEN category – My Fight Back Challenge, allows participants to set up their own challenge to show support and fundraise for the cancer community. This challenge should be an activity that participants are passionate or interested in that promotes good health, body and/or mind.

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