Nic and Luke – Orange Sky Laundry, Young Australians of the Year 2016

‘Positively Connecting the Community’

What does a park, a van and dirty laundry have in common? Twenty-­‐three months ago, two best mates had a crazy idea of putting two washing machines and two dryers in the back of an old van, and visiting parks and drop-­‐in centers to wash and dry clothes for free. Orange Sky Laundry was born – a world-­‐first, free mobile laundry for the homeless. On a mission to improve the hygiene standards of the homeless, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of conversation. Orange Sky Laundry now aims to positively connect the homeless with the community by Restoring Respect, Raising Health Standards and Reducing the Strain on Resources.

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