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Orange
Sky Laundry

World-first free mobile laundry & showers for the homeless.

What do a park, a van and dirty laundry have in common?
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In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, and wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, founded Orange Sky - a world-first, free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant - the power of a conversation.

Current Work

Orange Sky now has 29 laundry and shower services operating across the country, with thousands of volunteers giving their time each week to help positively connect some of the 116,000 Australians doing it tough. The focus is on creating a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or feel disconnected from the community. Over the past four and a half years, Orange Sky has provided friends on the street with more than 1,000,000kg of free laundry, over 10,000 showers and close to 200,000 hours of genuine and non-judgemental conversation.

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How Do Two 20 Year Olds Take The First Step And Make A Change?

In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, and wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, founded Orange Sky - a world-first, free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant - the power of a conversation. Now facilitated by more than 1,200 volunteers across the country, Orange Sky aims to positively connect the community.

An Inspirational Journey From A Garage To A Nation

Innovation, Creativity and Passion for a Cause

The Power of a Conversation

WEBINAR: The Power of Innovation to Do Good

During this time of uncertainty the need for conversation and connection has never been more evident. On a mission to connect people experiencing homelessness through positively connection communities - hear how Nic & Lucas are leading the Orange Sky team through this experience of COVID-19.

WEBINAR: The Power of a Conversation

In October 2014, two best mates had a world-?rst idea - providing a free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. Determined to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year and Order of Australia Medallists, stumbled on something much bigger and more signi?cant - the power of a conversation.

WEBINAR: The Power of Technology to Connect Communities

Five years on and 1.4 million tonnes of washing later, Orange Sky has been able to design, build and grow a web app that enables the organisation to effectively and efficiently deliver its mission to positively connect the community. With some help from Google, Orange Sky is now providing this tech to other NFPs to help them amplify their impact and scale.
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It's really hard to believe these guys are just 21 years of age... They are entertaining and they engage so well with the audience. 'Mothers of Boys'

Thanks so much for coming along to our conference. The feedback has been incredibly positive. Our guys loved the presentation and we're really grateful that you came along and shared your story with us.

Smartline

Everyone is raving about how fantastic you guys were! All the feedback is that you were the standout spark talk, really engaging and managed to make people cry in the space of 3 mintutes and 45 seconds. Thankyou for being a part of it and representing Australia in such a unique and wonderful way.

Tourism Australia
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