Mandurah's annual couch surfing event challenges homeless stereotypes | Photos

Homelessness service providers raced colourful couches along the eastern foreshore on Thursday, to raise awareness and address stereotypes.

Mandurah's annual couch surfing event, hosted by Passages, drew a large crowd, whinch watched the laughter and fun as part of Homelessness Week 2019.

An event spokeswoman said the aim of the event was to show that homelessness can be in many forms, like sleeping on a friend's couch, and is not solely sleeping on the streets.

Teams from support services in the Peel region competed in a time trial while pushing their decorated couches.

The teams were from Passages, Pat Thomas House, Calvary Youth Services, Halo, West Aus Crisis, Peel Connect and Palmerston.

Each team personally decorated their colourful couches for the event.

Free socks, toiletries and clothing were also available.