Bedpush is a long time tradition for the Aggies of the University of Manitoba. It all started with a creative idea to raise money for the Winnipeg Fire Fighters Burn Unit, and what better way to raise funds than to push a bed frame on wheels from Brandon to Winnipeg! For over 30 years, the Aggies have been pushing that very same bed over 221 km on the same route raising awareness and funds for charities of the student body’s choice.
For the last three years, instead of traveling along the Trans Canada Highway, the group of Aggies pushed the bed down the main streets of Manitoba communities. Our amazing sponsors helped out by holding BBQ’s along the way and some communities had coffee and snacks waiting for the hard working students! Over the last three years, Bedpush has raised over $22,000 for the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, Growing Support for CancerCare and Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities.
2017 – 2018 Year
This year the charity we have chosen to support is Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation, an organization that raises funds to improve the lives of children who access services provided by the Rehabilitation Centre for Children. The charity is dedicated to helping children and youth with disabilities live as independently as possible. On Sept 29th and 30th, 2017 the Bedpush team will travel to the communities of Portage, Gladstone, Neepawa, Minnedosa, Boissevain, Killarney, Treherne, and Carman – the hometowns of many of the students.
On Friday, Sept 29th the Aggie Bedpush will be in the Portage at approximately 11:00 am. Come watch the fun as they push the bed through main street followed by a BBQ lunch held at 12:00 pm at Enns Brothers. On Saturday, September 30th the bedpush will stop for another BBQ in Killarney at approximately 1:25pm which will be sponsored by Richardson.
Donations will be accepted along the route of the Bedpush in each of the individual towns. Donations can also be made online at http://crf.mb.ca/event/u-of-m-aggies-bepush/ , or by clicking the Donate Now button.
2016 - 2017
This year the charity we have chosen to support is Manitoban Farmers with Disabilities, an organization committed to the education and promotion of health, safety and wellness in farming communities across Manitoba. Their goal to reduce and prevent agricultural injuries and fatalities through increase in farm safety education and knowledge of safe farming practices.
On Sept 30th and Oct 1, 2016 the Bedpush team will travel to the communities of Oakville, Elm Creek, Treherne, Boissevain, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Gladstone and Portage – the hometowns of many of the students.
On Friday, Sept 30 the Aggie Bedpush will be in Elm Creek at 12:30 pm. Come watch the fun as they push the bed from the MFWD building to the Elm Creek Coop. A BBQ lunch will be held at 1pm and sponsored by the Elm Creek Coop at a cost of $3 per person. Funds raised will go towards the Safe Farms Safe Families programs and material.
Donations will be accepted along the route of the Bedpush in each of the individual towns. Donations can also be made online at www.mfwd.ca.