WISHY WASHY: Coolum State School Year 1 students get into the Sudsy support.
WISHY WASHY: Coolum State School Year 1 students get into the Sudsy support. John McCutcheon

On a soapbox for Sudsy

A SEA of orange flooded a Coolum school on Friday in honour of Sudsy, the laundry van.

Kids at Coolum State School went orange to show their support for Orange Sky Australia and participate in the Sudsy Challenge.

The Sudsy Challenge required participants to wear the same clothes for three days to experience what it was like to have no washing facilities.

Mum and Sunshine Coast Orange Sky Laundry volunteer of three years Amy Walker said she was glad the school wanted to help Orange Sky "start the conversation” about homelessness.

"I'm just really proud of the fact that my children's school and the community are participating in the support of a very amazing organisation that does great work,” she said.

"The face of it is the washing, but behind the washing is the conversations that you have (about) wanting to connect with those people and make them feel like they're part of the community.”

"Sudsy” was the first laundry van built by Orange Sky co-founders, Nic and Lucas to provide a much needed washing facility for the homeless community.

Orange Sky Laundry has eight services across the Coast. Services manager Lesley Zammitt said the idea of the challenge was to raise funds and awareness so everyone could have access to a laundry van like Sudsy.

"It's just seeing what it's like to not have fresh clothes on, like people who are in transit because they don't always have fresh clothes to change,” she said.

"But it's making people aware of what's going on in our area and starting that conversation.”

She said vans just like Sudsy hit the road every day to support people doing it tough.

School principal Pat Cavanagh said he wanted the kids to understand that "there are kids and families out there who need help”.

The school had raised $1310 at the end of the challenge. Online donations can still be made until the end of April at the Coolum State School donation link www.thesudsychallenge.com /coolumstateschool.