Bunbury teams set to race hospital beds for a good cause

The Great South West Bed Race on April 8 is set to bring plenty of fun to Bunbury while raising money for a great cause.
The Great South West Bed Race on April 8 is set to bring plenty of fun to Bunbury while raising money for a great cause.

Registrations for the inaugural Great South West Bed Race are now open with a number of teams expected to enter the hospital fundraiser. 

Up to 25 teams of four runners and a bed bug (passenger) will race to push a purpose built bed around five one-kilometre laps of the Koombana Inlet course on April 8. 

The race promises to be lots of fun and will raise funds for the development of cancer and cardiac services in the South West. 

St John of God Bunbury Hospital acting chief executive officer Alex Hearn said the day will deliver plenty of colour and fun for Bunbury while supporting a worthy cause. 

“Thousands of patients visit the hospitals in Bunbury and the funds raised from this event will help to ensure they have access to the best possible care,” he said. 

“We continually work to expand the services we offer so locals can receive the best possible treatment regionally and don’t have to travel to Perth to access specialist treatment and services.” 

St John of God Bunbury Hospital acting chief executive officer Alex Hearn launced the Great South West Bed Race on Wednesday.

St John of God Bunbury Hospital acting chief executive officer Alex Hearn launced the Great South West Bed Race on Wednesday.

Currently three teams have registered for the event, including a team from Bunbury Regional Hospital’s emergency department. 

Alongside the main race, the day will also include a novelty ‘CEO sprint’ which will see teams of four runners, plus a CEO or manager strapped to one of eight actual hospital beds, completing one full lap of the one kilometre bed race course, with the fastest team crowned the Lords of the CEO Sprint.

Bed Race Square (across from BREC) will be a hive of activity from 10am on the day with market stalls, food trucks, children’s entertainment, live music and a grand parade of teams.

For more information or to register visit greatsouthwestbedrace.org.au by March 7.