History

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.

2020 - 2021

U of M Bedpush 2021 (Walkathon Version)

The students in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba hold the annual “Aggie Bedpush” as a fun way for everyone to raise awareness and money for charity.

This year, due to COVID-19 the 2021 Aggie Bedpush has turned into a Walkathon! We are raising awareness and money for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and we are asking for your support in reaching our goal. This fundraiser will run from March 29th - April 9th!

Click this link to go to the fundraising page: http://support.cancercarefdn.mb.ca/goto/Bedpush2021

Participants can join the team on the U of M Bedpush 2021 (Walkathon Version) fundraising page and create their own personal page.

On your personal page you can write a little bit about yourself, why you are supporting this fundraiser and track your progress.

How the walkathon works: It is up to each individual participant to encourage their family and friends to donate to the cause. These are 2 ideas of how people can donate to your page;

  • Your friends and family donate any amount of money they would like at any time.
  • Your friends and family decide how much they would like to donate for every kilometre or mile you walk. Example; your mother could commit to donating $2 for every kilometre you walk, you track your progress on your personal page. So if you walk 10 km by the end of the fundraiser, she would donate $20.

Make sure to track the amount of kilometres or miles you walk on your personal page! Any amount of money donated helps and is appreciated!

There are 2 ways to donate;

  • You can donate on the main page by clicking Donate Now.
  • If you would like to donate to the fundraiser through a specific participant so that everyone can see how much money they individually fundraised, click on their name, and then click Donate Now.

Fundraising goals:

  • Total miles: 600 miles
  • Total money raised: $5000

 

CancerCare Manitoba Foundation is the only organization exclusively fundraising for CancerCare Manitoba. While CancerCare Manitoba works in partnership with Manitoba Health, some programs and services may not be eligible for government funding. CancerCare Manitoba Foundation raises funds to bridge this gap and help deliver the best research, patient care, treatment and support for all Manitobans and their families living with cancer.

Each year more than 6,000 Manitobans receive a cancer diagnosis.  Your continued support helps CancerCare Manitoba and its partners prepare for an estimated 50% increase in the number of people diagnosed and living with cancer over the next decade.

By supporting me with a donation, you are helping to support CancerCare Manitoba in its work to change lives and change the course of cancer in our province.

Every donation -no matter how big or small- is critical as we work together to stay ahead of this disease.

Thank you for your consideration.

2019 - 2020

Chili Smackdown 2020 Update

Thank you to everyone who supported our Faculty and helped us raise money for Siloam Mission for the 2020 Aggie Chili Smackdown!  Because of all our participants and supporters, we as a Faculty can help Siloam Mission help those who are less fortunate, by providing them with money to purchase supplies.

Again, thank you to the students and staff who participated, because of you we were able to raise $465!  And congratulations to our Chili Smackdown Champion Kevin Martin!

Chili Smackdown 2020

Our next event is Chili Smackdown coming up on Thursday January 9th, 2020!  Participants sign up to bring their chili in for a little friendly competition!

If you or anyone you know would like to participate please email Camella boyache4@myumanitoba.ca or Willem boersmaw@myumanitoba.ca.  Entering the competition or not come and join us in the Atrium of the Agriculture Building to purchase a bowl of chili!  All money raised will go towards Siloam Mission.

 

Head Shave N’ Shine 2019 Update

Thank you to everyone who supported our Faculty and helped us raise money for the Movember Foundation for the 2019 Head Shave N’ Shine!  Because of all our participants and supporters, we as a Faculty can help the Movember Foundation save lives by providing them with money for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

We are proud of our Faculty and the Agricultural Community in helping to raise $886!

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Head Shave N’ Shine 2019

Head Shave N’ Shine is our second fundraising event of the school year, where we raise money for the Movember Foundation.  Participants sign up and volunteer to have their head shaved or 8 inches of their hair cut at the event by FASO members to raise awareness and money for the cause!  We also have a mustache competition; prizes for top student and top professor!

Head Shave N’ Shine will he held on Thursday November 28th, 2019 in the Atrium of the Agriculture Building from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.

If you or anyone you know would like to participate or donate please email Camella boyache4@myumanitoba.ca or Willem boersmaw@myumanitoba.ca.  The more heads to shave and the hair to cut, the more money we will raise, so sign up and help make a difference!

Shaving your head or not, come and join us in the Atrium of the Agriculture Building for Taco in a Bag and some good entertainment!

Bedpush 2019 Update

Thank you to everyone who supported our Faculty and helped us raise money for the STARS Foundation for the 2019 Aggie Bedpush!  Because of all our supporters we as a Faculty can help STARS save lives by providing them with money to purchase supplies for their missions.

We could not be prouder of our Faculty and the Agricultural Community in helping to raise $19,081.70!

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STARS fights for life. Since we embarked on our first mission in 1985, we’ve been driven by the goal of providing people the vital care they need when they need it the most. Whether it’s offering hands-on training to rural medical providers or providing rapid, emergency medical transportation for the critically ill and injured, we operate 24/7 from base in Winnipeg, anticipating and acting when people need our help.

But we can’t do it alone.

By supporting STARS you are helping to ensure the next time you, or someone you love needs us we’ll be there. You are helping to ensure our crews have the best possible equipment and training available to them.

You are helping us fight for life.

September 27th & 28th 2019 the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences students are coming through the following towns to raise money for the STARS Foundation: Portage la Prairie, MacGregor, Carberry, Minnedosa, Boissevain, Baldur, Manitou, and Starbuck.

Come out and support us at one of the following locations.  We will be accepting donations at the eight locations listed above or you can donate online by clicking the “Donate Now” button below.  If you choose to donate online, please indicate in the “Comments” Aggie Bedpush so we can acknowledge your donation.

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2018 - 2019 Year

 This year the charity we have chosen to support is Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba (RMHC Manitoba), an organization that keeps families together. They operate two core programs: Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room in HSC Children's Hospital. Ronald McDonald House is a "home-away-from-home" for rural Manitoban and out-of-province families with a child requiring treatment at a nearby hospital. The House is a warm, supportive, and welcoming space where families can stay close, be together and connect with each other in a compassionate and supportive environment.

On Sept 28 and 29, 2018 the Bedpush team will travel to the communities of Elie, Portage la Prairie, Gladstone, Minnedosa, Killarney, Baldur, St. Claude, and Carman – the hometowns of many of the students.

Donations will be accepted along the route of the Bedpush in each of the individual towns.  Cheques can be made payable to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Donate online by clicking on the button below - be sure to indicate Aggie Bedpush in the "Notes" section on the payment page.

 

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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.

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.