Learn more about what we do
WILL2LIVE is a not-for-profit (NFP), non religious charity that provides necessities to people living on the streets in order for them to live a happier and healthier life. We offer food, bottled water, a conversation about whatever. We operate Monday – Friday 8:30pm – 10pm at Central Station and Wentworth Park in Glebe.
We specialise in hosting birthday parties, team building exercises and corporate events with the homeless. If you would like to be a part of these magical nights, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can organise it. These events have proven to be ground breaking and memorable.
WILL2LIVE founder and CEO
My name is Will Hawes, founder and CEO of WILL2LIVE. I started WILL2LIVE in 2012 with the vision of providing the basic necessities to people who live without them. I began walking the streets of Sydney CBD with nothing more than an eski full of food in search of people sleeping on the streets. Over time, with support and commitment, I purchased a van to allow me to reach greater areas and larger numbers.
In the beginning it was a one man operation, just me buying the food on a daily basis. Over time more people and organisations started contributing their time and products to support WILL2LIVE. We have now grown to the point where we hold events every few months that attract media attention from around the world.
It’s a very humbling feeling to have watched it grow from just an idea, to having had hundreds of volunteers! Our volunteers believe in WILL2LIVE and have generously
been offering their time to contribute to my main objective which is to make the world a better place.
Emilie Da Silva (BOSS)
My name is Emilie da Silva, known as “Boss” at WILL2LIVE. I have been with the charity for 3 years and I am proudly WILL2LIVE Managing Director.
Volunteering is a big part of my life. When I first came across WILL2LIVE, I saw a massive opportunity. The charity was in its first stages and the love and commitment that Will Hawes displayed throughout our interactions showed me that we could do a lot more as a charity together.
In 2014, I had the idea of celebrating my birthday party with the homeless. I asked my friends to attend the party by cooking and bringing a dish to share. I also shared the event with the Brazilian community in Sydney. We had over 40 volunteers attend and more than 60 homeless for a wonderful dinner party. The idea attracted the attention SBS News. It was first TV appearance (of many!) for WILL2LIVE. This was just the beginning of our successful events. We now host events four times a year.
I am now a very active member of WILL2LIVE and manage all our partnerships, events and administration. I can’t imagine my life without WILL2LIVE. I describe involvement here as a highly addictive activity.
I have a clear purpose in my life now. I have a background in Marketing, I also run a Reiki practice and I’m a director at WILL2LIVE. Having a balanced life makes me feel complete and grounded. Volunteering is something which I absolutely love. It’s now regular part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I always say this and it’s a big reality for me. Being a volunteer in any field is something for life, once you start, you can’t go back. What you get from any volunteering experience is something you cannot measure, but once you experience it you’ll never be the person you used to be.
What the Daily Telegraph said about us!
A SYDNEY man who hands out free food to the citys homeless every night says he is living his dream.
Since 2012, Will Hawes has been leading a double life. During the day he works as a labourer; by night he grabs his spatula and apron and heads to Haymarket where he cooks for Sydney’s homeless residents.
Mr Hawes’ generosity has given rise to his very own charity, Will2Live, which involves a team of around 40 volunteers who assist with preparing the food.
All photos by Edward Johnstone for Sharp Eyes Photography
The Will2Live hard at work in the kitchen.
Mr Hawes’ generosity isn’t lost on those it is helping out/
“It all started out because I wanted to do something that felt right and something that might make a difference to someone’s life,” he said.
“I began walking the streets of Sydney CBD with nothing more than a packed Esky, in search of people sleeping on the streets.
“Over time, with support and commitment, I purchased a van to allow me to reach greater areas and larger numbers.
“It’s a very humbling feeling to have watched it grow from just an idea, to having had over 40 volunteers.
The service is bringing a smile to the faces of Sydney’s most vulnerable residents.
“Our volunteers believe in Will2Live and have generously been offering their time to contribute to my main objective which is to make the world a better place.”
Mr Hawes said he couldn’t imagine a better way to spend his evenings than helping Sydney’s homeless community.
“My life before this was stagnant and it was being wasted and it has taken me 34 years to finally realise this is what makes me happy,” he said.
Form Monday to Friday Mr Hawes and his crew of volunteers meet at 470 Pitt St, Haymarket and prepare and assortment of food which they freely hand out to anyone that wants it.
Mr Hawes said his ability to feed Sydney’s vulnerable residents would not be possible without the support of secondary services.
“I recently got a contract with Virgin Airlines to get the food from the planes they are going to throw away so these are things like gourmet sandwiches,” he said.