Orange Sky Australia
Jul 23, 2019
Chrisoula Alisandratos and Mark Gowans
Orange Sky Australia

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 founded Orange Sky Laundry – 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.

Every week, Orange Sky completes over six tonnes of washing, but more importantly, fosters more than 1,200 hours of genuine and non-judgmental conversation. With 29 laundry, shower and hybrid vans in operation around the country, Orange Sky Australia aims to positively connect communities.

Chair: Helen Kavnoudias

Photo Credit: Orange Sky