FAQ

• How much do I need to raise?

To take part, the minimum fundraising target is $500 per registered team.

• How do you recommend I raise funds?

Sharing the news of your involvement in the Vinnies Drive-In, Sleep-In with family, friends and colleagues or via your social media networks is one of the easiest ways to raise funds. You may also choose to host a fundraising event like a morning tea or soup lunch to generate additional funds. Remember the more funds you raise the more people in need Vinnies can assist.

• I’m in a team, do we still need to raise $500 each?

To take part, the minimum fundraising target is $500 per registered team, however you’ll find once you start fundraising, the average person will raise $500 easily as people are incredibly generous when it comes to supporting people experiencing homelessness. As a team we encourage you to strive to raise as much funds as possible. Remember the more funds you raise the more people in need Vinnies can assist.

• What if I am not able to raise the minimum $500 fundraising amount?

We are confident that you will. The Vinnies event team will be in touch with you regularly in the lead up to the event to share lots of helpful ideas to assist with your fundraising efforts. If you have any questions or want to discuss a fundraising idea, please feel free to contact us at events@svdpwa.org.au. If you don’t raise the funds and don’t want to take part in the event, that’s not an issue – just contact us to let us know.

• Where do the funds go?

The funds you raise will help support men, women and children at risk of or experiencing homelessness across the Western Australian community through the provision of vital access to food, clothing, emotional support and accommodation assistance. In particular, Vinnies provides over 51,000 nights of accommodation per year for people experiencing homelessness, mental health support and or requiring emergency accommodation. It cost Vinnies over $5,200,000 to provide this service last financial year. Vinnies relies on the generosity and support of the Western Australian community. Without support like yours, Vinnies wouldn’t be there for people when they need it most.

• Are donations tax deductible?

Yes, donations are tax deductible. Automatic receipts are provided for all donations at www.driveinsleepin.org.au. You may also donate offline by sending a cheque payable to: St Vincent de Paul Society (WA) Inc and addressed to: Vinnies Drive-In, Sleep-In, PO Box 1450, CANNING VALE DC WA 6970. Please contact us at events@svdpwa.org.au if you would like to make a direct deposit.

• How many people can I have in my team?

This depends on the vehicle you will be sleeping in on the night. The number of people within your team will be determined by the number of people who can be safely seated in your vehicle. But remember sleeping in your car will be an uncomfortable experience and therefore we recommend you limit your team size.

• What type of vehicle can I attend in?

To ensure a safe experience on the night we can only cater for standard passenger vehicles ie: hatchbacks, sedans, wagons, SUVs, 4WD and therefore are unable to accept bicycles, motor cycles, trucks or buses.

• Who can take part?

Entry is subject to registered teams at www.driveinsleepin.org.au. We recommend participants are 12 years and older. Participants under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legally appointed adult guardian for the duration of the event. Please note at this stage we are unable to advise the classification rating of the movie for the night This information will be provided closer to the event. Drivers of vehicles must have a valid driver’s license. Places are limited to 200 cars.

• Can I take part in the event on my own?

You sure can, but remember the $500 minimum fundraising target is per vehicle, and please ensure that you have had enough rest to drive home safely in the morning.

• What can I bring to the event?

Please note this is an alcohol and drug free event. Unless there are specific medical reasons you can’t bring your own food, sorry. In keeping with the event, to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by people at risk of or experiencing homelessness only basic food and beverages will be available on the night. We recommend you bring a water bottle, any specific medications you require, phones and cameras to capture your experience on the night and warm and comfortable clothing and bedding (sleeping bag, blankets, pillow etc). For security reasons please do not bring personal valuables.

• What happens on the night?

The Vinnies Drive-In, Sleep-In runs from 6pm on Friday 12 October to 7am on Saturday 13 October 2018 at the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre Kingsley. It is an experiential event where participants learn about the social issues around homelessness and poverty. Two movies will be shown on the night. A modest dinner and breakfast will also be available.

• Will I be safe?

The health and safety of our Vinnies Drive-In, Sleep-In participants is paramount at all times. We go to extreme lengths to ensure that adequate security personnel, first aid trained personnel and safety procedures will be in place on the night.

• Will we sleep in rain, hail or moon-shine?

The event will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. The safety of our participants is our priority. 

• Can I move my car?

Other than in the event of an emergency, once you have parked for the night, you will not be able to move your vehicle until the following morning. This will ensure a safe event for all participants and keep noise to a minimum for the local community.

• Can I get involved with Vinnies in other ways?

Definitely, Vinnies has a range of opportunities for you to become further involved including volunteering, sponsorship, fundraising initiatives and material donations. Please contact events@svdpwa.org.au to learn more today.

• Can I donate other items to the event?

Unfortunately we won’t be able to accept general clothing, homewares or bric-a-brac at the event. However we have over 50 Vinnies Shops across Western Australia and our Distribution Centre in Canning Vale where you can donate these goods to support the work we do. For collections of larger household items, please call 08 6323 7520.