The University of Saskatchewan Agros will be embarking on their well-known "Bedpush" from March 3-5. Through their Bedpush initiative, the Agros have raised money for TeleMiracle every second year for the last 40 years.
In this event, students from the University of Saskatchewan's agriculture programs push a bed frame adorned with the logo of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources from Saskatoon to Regina, where TeleMiracle is held every two years.
The tradition of pushing a bed frame on wheels this great distance began in 1982, when a group of Agros decided to push a hospital bed all the way to Regina for the TeleMiracle event. Over time, the tradition evolved into a community event in which alumni, current Agros, and sponsors take part, gather, and push the bedframe for the charitable cause.
As a means to ensure the safety of all participants, a bus and pilot vehicles will accompany the fundraisers. By doing so, individuals can also decide how long they wish to walk/run to accompany the Bedpush.
In the last edition of the Bedpush in 2020, the Agros raised over $55,000 for TeleMiracle through on-campus fundraisers, sponsorships, and collecting donations along the highway. This year their goal is to surpass $55,000 in donations.
Olivia Nichols, a second-year agronomy student and one of the 15 members of the Bedpush committee, explained the benefits of getting involved in the cause: "It's a really good way to get involved and see how things have evolved, its also a great opportunity for us as students to meet up with Alumni."
The initiative offers students an excellent opportunity to give back to TeleMiracle and connect with alumni, some of whom have attended since the event's inception in 1982. Students get to connect with alumni and discuss their careers and experiences in the industry.
There is an open invitation for people from across the province to cheer on the Agros throughout their journey. The location of the group will be updated regularly on the @UofSAgros Twitter account. Donations for the cause are now encouraged at: https://telemiracle.micharity.com/product/u-of-s-agros-bedpush-2022-40th-anniversary/