Two Australian Friends Turned Their Van Into A Mobile Laundry For The Homeless

Published 10 years ago

Orange Sky Laundry is Australia’s first mobile laundry facility exclusively dedicated to the homeless. The social project was created by two 20-year-olds, Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, who noticed that homeless hygiene was a serious and overlooked issue. Now the homeless finally have a convenient mobile place to get their clothes washed and dried on a regular basis.

The two friends pimped out their old white van and bought a portable generator. Then they turned to donations and got two washers and dryers, letting them wash 20 kilograms of laundry every hour. The Orange Sky Laundry was finally launched in July, 2014.

The project is now going through a trial period, operating for five days a week in Brisbane’s public spaces. The organization plans to cooperate with food donation groups so that the homeless could get something to eat while their clothes are being washed. If everything goes smoothly, the organization will start operating throughout the whole of Australia by the end of 2015.

Find out more about this noble organization and the ways that you can help it out.

More info: (h/t: huffingtonpost)

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Two 20-year-olds, Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, noticed that homeless hygiene was a serious and overlooked issue


To solve the problem, they created Australia‘s first mobile laundry facility for the homeless, which now operates 5 days a week in Brisbane city


“A privilege that so many of us take for granted. This is the first time Mick has been able to wash his clothes and blankets. Born in Brisbane and living on the streets Mick can’t afford to wash his clothes or transport them. Thanks for your continued support of our program. “


“Meet Ricky. He wants to thank you for all your donations and support. He sleeps rough on the street with his dad and today they were able to wash all of their clothes. “


Lucas Patchett, one of the two co-founders of the Orange sky Laundry organization.


You too can support the organization with an online donation! Starting at $6, you can prepay for a cycle of washing for 1 homeless person. “Have a look, we really appreciate it along with your continued support!


The two co-founders of Orange Sky Laundry interviewed by the local news show “Sunrise”:

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