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Sky Laundry

World-first free mobile laundry for the homeless.

What do a park, a van and dirty laundry have in common?

At the age of 20, best mates Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett built a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless. Orange Sky Laundry began in October 2014 and since then, the world first idea has rapidly expanded to 11 vans in Brisbane, Melbourne, SE Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Wollongong.

Run by more than 600 volunteers across the country, the custom-fitted vans with two commercial washing machines and two dryers service 73 locations and wash more than 7,000 kgs of laundry every week. A catalyst for conversation, Orange Sky Laundry facilitates over 1300 hours of volunteering and conversation each week. The organisation has also responded to natural disasters, helping cyclone-affected communities in North Queensland, residents of the Great Ocean Road Bushfires, and more recently, Adelaide flood victims. Orange Sky Laundry to date has washed over 300,000 kgs of free laundry, but most importantly, fostered over 80,000 hours of positive, genuine and non-judgemental conversation.

Lucas and Nic present their story of innovation, fast growth, social entrepreneurship, the impact of social media and how simple ideas can have an enormous impact. They speak at schools, corporates and conferences globally, and continue to inspire, motivate and do things differently!

As they continue to expand Orange Sky Laundry Australia wide, they aim to positively connect the community and improve the lives of others.

Previous experience

Awards: In January 2016, Nic and Lucas were honoured as the first ever dual recipients of the Young Australian of the Year Award.

They have also been named QLD Young Achievers of the Year, and been finalists for the Telstra Business Awards, AIM Leadership Excellence Awards and Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Talking Points

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



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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'
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