Great South West Bed Race 2019 nominations now open

Racing hearts: St John of God Bunbury's Sheridan Kirby, Gail Wright, Rachel Hotchin, Kristy Cochrane, and Connie Chadwick-Lim. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Racing hearts: St John of God Bunbury's Sheridan Kirby, Gail Wright, Rachel Hotchin, Kristy Cochrane, and Connie Chadwick-Lim. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Businesses and community groups are now able to sign up for the 2019 Great South West Bed Race.

Hosting this year's event at the Bunbury Recreation Ground on Saturday, September 14, organisers are looking for entrants with positive attitudes, boundless athleticism, and wacky outfits.

The race will see teams battle it out over a challenging 4.5 kilometres.

Participants are tasked with adhering as closely as possible to this year's theme - Planes, trains, and automobiles.

The event raises vital funds for cancer and cardiac services within the South-West.

St John of God Bunbury Hospital executive assistant to the CEO, and event organiser, Kristy Cochrane said the race would be even bigger and better than last year's.

"Through hosting this event, our level of community engagement has increased substantially over the past two years," she said.

"The race attracts teams from a variety of different sectors within the community.

"It gives us a chance to interact with business leaders and community members, whilst raising funds for a good cause."

Over the past two years, $65,000 has been raised to help St John of God Bunbury.

Ms Cochrane said the hospital strived to assist community members from all over the region.

"Our cancer and cardiac services help many people throughout the South-West," she said.

"Thanks to these services, residents can now receive care closer to home."

Taking inspiration from the Great Knaresborough Bed Race, St John of God Bunbury held its first race in 2017.

Manea Superior Vena Cava took out the inaugural race, with Chemo Crusaders a close second.

Last year, Chemo Crusaders claimed the top prize, Bunbury Surf Life Saving dominated the sprint, and The Freudian Slips (from the South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service team) won Best Costume.

Interested in taking part this year? Register at greatsouthwestbedrace.org.au or facebook.com/greatsouthwestbedrace