Bed Race

Algonquin Welding Program Helps Make a Difference

When you run a race that requires people to modify a bed with bicycle tires in order to enter, it can be a bit of a barrier for some teams. To help out, volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of had spent their summers scouring yard sales for old beds that could be converted, and then donated hours of time to build beds to sell to teams.

Starting with the 2013 race, the welding program at Algonquin College have helped by using their skills to build 'beds' for the race. This service to the Club has been a very valuable benefit, and the Club is very appreciative.

There are still places for more teams in the Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis on Feb 6th, check out our registration site.

2015 Accora Bed Race for Kiwanis

The Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis presented by Allstream came off with lots of smiles on the first weekend of Winterlude with $45,000 being raised for Kiwanis Club of Ottawa projects.

Team photos are available here, and a larger selection of images here. A couple of videos to check out, one from Heritage Canada, one from Algonquin, and one from the International Union of Elevator Constructors.

Fastest Beds

  • Intl. Union of Elevator Constructors
  • Halsall #1
  • Allstream

Best Decorated

  • Halsall Sliders
  • CIBC Westboro
  • Algonquin College International Students

Best Fund Raisers

  • Halsall Ottawa
  • Intl. Union of Elevator Constructors
  • Halsall Sliders
  • Halsall Burlington

2015 Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis Presented by Allstream

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Put your team together for the annual Accora Village Bed Race presented by Allstream for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa on February 7, 2015. This will be the 34th running of the Bed Race, and the 12th organized by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.

Funds raised goes to support the Kiwanis Read-a-thon and other Kiwanis Club of Ottawa's programs and the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. You can register your teams and pledges here.

The race will take place on Dow's Lake, with

  • registration starting at 11:00, 
  • the Parade of Beds at 12:30,
  • racing between 13:00 and 14:30, 
  • and the after party at the Lone Star starting at 15:00.

This is a fun event for teams of all ages, so come on out, have fun and help Kiwanis support the community.

  • Team registration is $300 and the registration fee is waived if your team raises $1000 or more in pledges
  • Your team gets a minimum 2 races with a potential for up to 5
  • Great prizes and bragging rights
  • You are required to build and decorate your bed, though there are a limited prebuilt beds are available for purchase of $200 (for pick up).

For additional information, check out the facts sheets, and then use the registration form, pledge forms and the waiver. You can also download all the forms at once here.

The Accora Village Bed Race is a great opportunity for companies and organizations to do some team buildling. The Bed Race can include special heats for teams to compete, and Halsall Associates has made a whole weekend of team building around the event.

Team registration and pledging can be done here, or you can email Bed Race or call 613-233-1900 for questions. 

Sponsors

This event would not be possible without our sponsors, and we are always looking for additional sponsors.

The Accora Village Bed Race For Kiwanis During Winterlude

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, the Accora Village Bed Race presented by Allstream will take place on Dows Lake between 11:00 and 14:00. The event begins with a parade of beds where judges select the best decorated bed, and is followed by heats of 5 beds racing a 50 metre course on the ice.

“The Bed Race is without a doubt, the most fun event that the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa runs each year” said Gary Flockton, President of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. “The race is a great chance for the community to both support this great Kiwanis event, and have a lot of fun at the same time.”

This year the event is again being sponsored by Accora Village. Ferguslea Properties Limited Vice President Steve Ryan said, “We are looking forward to helping the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa in the many community service activities that it is involved in.”

Since 1917 the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has been active in fund raising and community involvement as a not-for-profit organization. The largest Kiwanis Club in Canada, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the most active and dynamic service clubs in the world. Each year the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa provides thousands of hours of community service and raises $500,000 for the local community. One of the 8,000 Clubs in Kiwanis International, the Club has met every Friday since 1917 at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa. Projects carried on by Kiwanis in the Ottawa area include the Kiwanis Read-a-thon, the Kiwanis Music Festival, the “Precious Minds” educational video, the “Never Shake a Baby” educational video, and the “Reading is Fundamental” project running at Connaught Public School.

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For information call Rita Harper (Kiwanis Club of Ottawa) at 613.233.1900 office@ottawakiwanis.org.

Background information at http://www.ottawakiwanis.org/bedrace 

 

Le samedi 7 février 2015, la course de lits Accora Village présentée par Allstream aura lieu au lac Dow entre 11 h et 14 h. L’événement débutera par un défilé des lits afin que les juges puissent se prononcer sur le lit le mieux décoré, le défilé sera suivi des courses qui s’effectuent entre 5 lits sur une distance de 50 mètres sur la glace.

« La course de lits est sans contredit l’activité la plus amusante organisée par le Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa tous les ans » a dit Gary Flockton, présidente du Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa. « La course est l’occasion parfaite pour la communauté d’appuyer cette excellente activité du Club Kiwanis tout en s’amusant. »

Encore une fois cette année, l’événement est commandité par Accora Village. Steve Ryan, vice-président de Ferguslea Properties Limited, a dit « Nous sommes heureux d’aider la Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa dans ses nombreuses activités de service communautaire. »

Depuis 1917, le Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa organise des campagnes de financement et s’implique dans la communauté en tant qu’organisme sans but lucratif. Le Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa est le plus important Club Kiwanis au Canada et est parmi les clubs philanthropiques les plus actifs et les plus dynamiques du monde. Chaque année, les membres du Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa contribuent des milliers d’heures de service communautaire et amassent quelque 500 000 $ pour la collectivité locale. Le Club est l’un des 8 000 clubs du mouvement Kiwanis International, et ses membres se rencontrent tous les vendredis depuis 1917 au Château Laurier à Ottawa. Parmi les projets parrainés par le club Kiwanis dans la région d’Ottawa, mentionnons le Lire-a-thon Kiwanis, le Festival de musique Kiwanis, les vidéos éducatives « Precious Minds » et « Never Shake a Baby », et le projet « Reading is Fundamental » mis en œuvre à l’école publique Connaught.

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Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Rita Harper (Club Kiwanis d’ Ottawa) par téléphone au 613-233-1900 ou par courriel à office@ottawakiwanis.org.

Renseignements généraux sur le site http://www.ottawakiwanis.org/bedrace.

More information on the race is available here.

 

2014 Accora Village Bed Race Presented by Allstream

A wonderful turn out of teams and spectators, and the results were a lot of fun, lots of photos here.

The Accora Village Bed race came off with lots of smiles on the first weekend of Winterlude with $40,000 being raised for Kiwanis Club of Ottawa projects.

Fastest Beds

  • Halsall #1
  • Accora Village #3
  • Intl. Union of Elevator Constructors

Best Decorated

  • Governor General Foot Guard Cadets
  • CIBC Westboro
  • Lone Star

Best Fund Raisers

  • Halsall Ottawa
  • Intl. Union of Elevator Constructors
  • Accora Village
  • Governor General Foot Guard Cadets

The Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis during Winterlude

On Saturday, February 1, 2014, the Accora Village Bed Race presented by Allstream will take place on Dows Lake between 11:00 and 14:00. The event begins with a parade of beds where judges select the best decorated bed, and is followed by heats of 5 beds racing a 50 metre course on the ice.

“The Bed Race is without a doubt, the most fun event that the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa runs each year” said Peter Charboneau, President of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. “The race is a great chance for the community to both support this great Kiwanis event, and have a lot of fun at the same time.”

This year the event is again being sponsored by Accora Village. Ferguslea Properties Limited Vice President Steve Ryan said, “We are looking forward to helping the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa in the many community service activities that it is involved in.”

Since 1917 the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has been active in fund raising and community involvement as a not-for-profit organization. The largest Kiwanis Club in Canada, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the most active and dynamic service clubs in the world. Each year the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa provides thousands of hours of community service and raises $500,000 for the local community. One of the 8,000 Clubs in Kiwanis International, the Club has met every Friday since 1917 at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa. Projects carried on by Kiwanis in the Ottawa area include the Kiwanis Read-a-thon, the Kiwanis Music Festival, the “Precious Minds” educational video, the “Never Shake a Baby” educational video, and the “Reading is Fundamental” project running at Connaught Public School.

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For information call Rita Harper (Kiwanis Club of Ottawa) at 613.233.1900 office@ottawakiwanis.org.

Background information at http://www.ottawakiwanis.org/bedrace 

 

Le samedi 12 février 2014, la course de lits Accora Village présentée par Allstream aura lieu au lac Dow entre 11 h et 14 h. L’événement débutera par un défilé des lits afin que les juges puissent se prononcer sur le lit le mieux décoré, le défilé sera suivi des courses qui s’effectuent entre 5 lits sur une distance de 50 mètres sur la glace.

« La course de lits est sans contredit l’activité la plus amusante organisée par le Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa tous les ans » a dit Peter Charboneau, présidente du Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa. « La course est l’occasion parfaite pour la communauté d’appuyer cette excellente activité du Club Kiwanis tout en s’amusant. »

Encore une fois cette année, l’événement est commandité par Accora Village. Steve Ryan, vice-président de Ferguslea Properties Limited, a dit « Nous sommes heureux d’aider la Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa dans ses nombreuses activités de service communautaire. »

Depuis 1917, le Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa organise des campagnes de financement et s’implique dans la communauté en tant qu’organisme sans but lucratif. Le Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa est le plus important Club Kiwanis au Canada et est parmi les clubs philanthropiques les plus actifs et les plus dynamiques du monde. Chaque année, les membres du Club Kiwanis d’Ottawa contribuent des milliers d’heures de service communautaire et amassent quelque 500 000 $ pour la collectivité locale. Le Club est l’un des 8 000 clubs du mouvement Kiwanis International, et ses membres se rencontrent tous les vendredis depuis 1917 au Château Laurier à Ottawa. Parmi les projets parrainés par le club Kiwanis dans la région d’Ottawa, mentionnons le Lire-a-thon Kiwanis, le Festival de musique Kiwanis, les vidéos éducatives « Precious Minds » et « Never Shake a Baby », et le projet « Reading is Fundamental » mis en œuvre à l’école publique Connaught.

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Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Rita Harper (Club Kiwanis d’ Ottawa) par téléphone au 613-233-1900 ou par courriel à office@ottawakiwanis.org.

Renseignements généraux sur le site http://www.ottawakiwanis.org/bedrace.

Kiwanis Luncheon - at the Fairmont

 Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Drawing Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, ON 12:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Mark O’Neill,  President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation

“A Glimpse at the Canadian Museum of History”

Following the announcement of the new Canadian Museum of History on October 16, 2012, Mark and his officials have engaged with over 20,000 Canadians from across the country.  Through face to face consultations, activities in shopping malls, a survey and a website, Canadians are helping to create the new Canadian history exhibition and are telling the Museum how to remain relevant to all of them, regardless where they live in our beautiful and vast country.  On Friday, Mark will be talking about the changes at the Museum and sharing what he heard from Canadians.

Special presentation  At this luncheon we will also be delighted to introduce and thank the generous sponsors and donors of our recent Accora Village Bed Race, held on the Rideau Canal on Saturday, February 2nd as part of Winterlude festivities.

Special guests included:

 

  • Lone Star - Dianielle Walford - prizes for best fund raisers, have been with us for 10 years 
  • McDaniels Independant Grocer - Jerry McDaniels - provides the food for our racers and volunteers 
  • Bill Sioulas - Sheffield management who provide our warehouse space for bed building 
  • Dymon Storage - Brian Creech - storage for our beds over the summer 
  • Boom/Bear -  - for their radio ads for our event 
  • CIBC - Jennifer Holmes - entered a team, and provided prizes for best decorated bed 
  • NCC - Nathalie Roy for their ongoing support of the event 
  • International Union of Elevator Constructors - Murray and Chris Kemp - multi year winners for both fastest bed and best fund raisers 
  • Halsall & Associates - Chantal Martin, Stefan Nespoli, James Huiskamp - 5 teams this year and the last three, and winners this year for best fund raisers 
  • Algonquin College - Mark Bowen - for building 6 new beds for us this year, and entering a team along with two other Algonquin teams.

 

President Alison along with our Bed Race Sponsors, Accora Village and Allstream, presented a cheque for $11,000.00 to the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation."

President’s Rose - Jamie Johnson

President-Elect Peter Charbonneau highlighted the work of Jamie Johnson, owner of RKIL, who joined our Club in 1989, sponsored by former member Bob Kingham. Jamie served on our Board of Directors from 1998 to 2001.

He played an essential role in the Public Relations of our club for many years, and continues as Chair of Communications this year. Jamie used his very extensive knowledge in the computer field to bring the Club into the 21st Century, setting up and managing both our Club and TV Bingo websites. Jamie has been serving on our Strategic Planning Committee since 2001.

Thanks go to Jamie this year, as well, for stepping up and Chairing our Bed Race Committee. With his networking last year, we were able to secure Accora Village as a major sponsor of the event, along with MTS Allstream, a company that has sponsored this event for 5 years.

With the support of the participants, our sponsors and donors, and the Bed Race committee, we were able to raise $50,000 gross revenue from this year’s bed race on February 2nd with 40 bed racing teams, up from 29 last year.