Two 20-year-olds came up with a brilliant way to help the homeless. They’ve transformed a van into a mobile laundromat, giving the homeless the opportunity to clean their clothes safely.
Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, the founders of Orange Sky Laundry, started with an old van and a generator. With the help of donations, they were able to secure two washing machines and driers, allowing their van to process 20kg of laundry in an hour.
They launched their project in July and will operate 5 days a week in Brisbane. If they’re successful, the organization might spread throughout Australia.
“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. Thanks for your continued support of our program. “
Lucas Pratchett, one of the co-founders, poses in front of the van’s laundry machines.
You can help them out by donating online – $6 will cover the cost of a cycle of washing for 1 person. “Have a look, we really appreciate it along with your continued support!”
Watch a local news report on their story below: