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Pattaya Daily News

09 February 2009 :: 19:02:30 pm 24470

Pattaya stages Thailand’s First bed race

Thailand's very first charity Bed Race took place in Pattaya on the afternoon of Sunday the 8th February 2009. The race started from outside the Royal Garden Plaza, and then continued along Beach Road and Walking Street ending at Bali Hai.
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Organized by the Rotary Club of Pattaya in partnership with Pattaya city Hall, the event created a great social gathering bringing together the local bars, clubs, community groups and businesses and attracting sponsorship to raise funds for local charities in the process.

The idea of a Bed Push or Bed Race is a very popular fundraising and family activity in many countries around the world including the UK, USA , Australia and New Zealand. It is a tried and tested successful way of fundraising for local charities and community projects and involves teams of up to 6 members dressed as outrageous and funny as possible, pushing their spectacularly decorated beds from a designated starting point to the finishing line.

The object is to not only get to the finish line in the shortest time but also to keep the designated passenger to remain on the bed at all times. Credit is also given to the team with the best/funniest costumes and beds.

Not exactly Formula 1, but just as interesting and a lot more fun, this was a people’s festival allowing groups to set up their own and furnish their own “vehicle” & costumes. Many spectators sat in the sun and enjoyed a good beer or two and were thoroughly amused by the 40 teams trying to steer their beds through the busy Pattaya beach road on a Sunday afternoon.

The race provided good wholesome family entertainment in a safe environment whilst bringing together the multi faceted groups working for a better community, and it will certainly become an annual event in the Pattaya Calendar.



Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Tourism News

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