Grab your pals and keep your kits on….Sudsy is back!

Grab your pals and keep your kits on….Sudsy is back!

30 Nov 1999

It’s our favourite time of year… the time of year to keep our kits on! That’s right… The Sudsy Challenge is back for 2023 - and you bet we’re this excited!

It’s time to get your Sudsy crew together, start planning what to wear with your bright orange t-shirt and have great conversations about how you’re helping people doing it tough. 

The Sudsy Challenge is all about keeping your kit on for three days to raise funds to support the 122,494 Australians experiencing homelessness with access to free laundry, warm showers and genuine conversation. 

This year, with more people needing Orange Sky’s services than ever before, signing up to The Sudsy Challenge could not be more important. 

Thanks to the thousands of incredible participants who have kept their kits on over the past four years, The Sudsy Challenge has raised more than $1 million. That means we’ve been able to provide more than 41,000 loads of laundry for people doing it tough since launching in 2019.

Megan is one of our third-year Sudsy challengers, so she knows a thing or two about keeping her kit on and having impactful conversations. 

“The Sudsy Challenge is such a great opportunity to engage people in a conversation about homelessness and the work that [Orange Sky] and other service partners provide. I bake and host a fundraising morning tea at work on day one of the challenge. It's a great way to get word out, and always seems to get people to come and ask me more about it. The support of strangers and people I barely know always amazes me.” -  Megan

Now, who is Sudsy you may ask?

Sudsy was the first ever laundry van built by Orange Sky founders, Nic and Lucas. It took them three days and three sets of washing machines and dryers to get Sudsy street-ready. They hit the streets of Brisbane, and met Jordan, who was the first person to use the free mobile laundry service. Through this experience, Jordan taught Nic and Lucas that while clean clothes were important, it’s the conversation and connection that mattered more.

And so, every day, vans just like Sudsy hit the road across Australia  to support people doing it tough.

In every one of these vans, there are six orange chairs that are pulled out at each shift location to create an opportunity for volunteers and friends to connect through genuine and non-judgemental conversation.

The Sudsy Challenge is about raising funds and awareness so that friends, like Jordan, have access to free laundry, warm showers, and genuine connection.

Whether you get a team together or fly Sudsy solo, we'd love to have you on board for Sudsy September! By not changing clothes, you can help change the narrative around homelessness - and the lives of people doing it tough.

Sign up today!