ALMOST 170 people partied the night away at the VIP ball to launch the Hervey Bay Relay For Life on Saturday at Peppers Pier Resort in Urangan.

Cancer Council Queensland Relay For Life team leader Taryn Atique said councillor Robert Garland had been named the patron of Hervey Bay's relay, on October 11-12 at Pialba's Seafront Oval, and would help raise awareness of the event and encourage people to sign up.

"The Hervey Bay Relay launch offers an opportunity for key members of our community to mingle, find out what Relay For Life is all about, and be inspired," she said.

Relay For Life is an 18-hour event involving teams of up to 15 people keeping a baton moving in a relay-style walk or run overnight, all in an effort to raise funds for the one in two Queenslanders affected by cancer in their lifetime.

To register for Relay For Life visit www.relayforlife.org.au or phone the fundraising hotline 1300 656 585.

For more information about Cancer Council Queensland, visit www.cancerqld.org.au or phone the Cancer Council helpline on 131 120.