Voting has now closed
We all know the comfort of a hot shower — waking up in the morning or washing away the stress of a tough day — but most people living on the street don’t have the luxury. Clean as Casper is named for one of Steve’s friends on the street, who insisted on giving back to him when he had his clothes washed. In return, Steve gave Casper what he wanted — his first shower in seven years.
The shower is a rebuilt port-a-loo with two hot water tanks on top of a trailer. All the other gear goes in the back of Steve’s SUV and, with no major sponsor, he and his volunteers are paying for the petrol themselves. Steve also relies on donations to keep stock of the toiletries he provides, as an additional comfort to those who use the showers.
The shower is towed to various locations in Melbourne, from the City to Dandenong, Narre Warren, Frankston, Cranbourne and Pakenham, reaching out to over 2500 homeless people in those suburban areas alone. The shower service works in conjunction with other groups who provide food, laundry and hairdressing services, making it a hub of community outreach.
The $5,000 has already paid for next year’s fuel to keep Clean as Casper running. An additional $25,000 would buy a van which would be safer on the road and could be modified to include two showers. A van with more showers would cut down the waiting time and provide more privacy and self-respect to those who use them.
Find out more about Clean as Casper.