In 2019, Norm McGillivray, Beddown CEO had a vision, he wanted to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable place for vulnerable people to get a good night’s rest and help restore health, dignity and respect.
Norm had been personally impacted by homelessness and he wanted to target those who sleep rough around Australia. The lightbulb moment came when Norm went to a local shopping centre and noticed that the car park was nearly empty. He instantly saw the potential in utilising the space at night when car parks are vacant. After some research, Norm connected with Secure Parking as a National Partner and Beddown was born. The world first two-week trial was successfully held in late 2019.
Last month, Beddown commenced a second trial for eight weeks in a car park in Brisbane CBD. The vast generous army of volunteers has made this possible each night. However, as this trial nears to an end and Norm works to secure long term sponsors and partners to make this a permanent program, he is concerned about what happens next to the vulnerable guests Beddown has watched over, especially as the colder nights draw in.
A wonderful act of kindness from Carolyn Cox and the Year 10 Food and Fibre students at Everton Park State High School has helped with this challenge. Recently, the students presented 50 ‘cushlets’ (fleecy blanket cushions) to Beddown for their homeless guests to help them keep warm over winter. The students have been learning about homelessness while also learning to sew and make the ‘cushlets.’ This generous donation will help the Beddown guests while Norm and his team pursue a permanent program….because everyone deserves a bed to sleep in.
If you would like to help Beddown with sponsorship, donations or volunteering, visit www.beddown.org.au