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Orange Sky Laundry adds Adelaide to the family

30 March 2016

Orange Sky Laundry adds Adelaide to the family


Orange Sky Laundry, the world’s first mobile laundry for the homeless, launched a full time van in Adelaide today, providing a free mobile washing and drying service to those in need.

The Adelaide van has been funded by RACV Super Solutions and Orange Sky Laundry’s national partner, The Good Guys.

RACV Super Solutions has provided a $40,000 grant under the RACV Good Citizen Program, which aims to support not-for-profit projects that benefit the communities in which RACV operates.

“We’re pleased to support Orange Sky Laundry in its endeavour to provide fresh, clean clothes to help homeless people to gain self-dignity and to raise their health standards” said RACV Salary Solutions General Manager, Mark Geraghty.

“There are more than 6,000 homeless people in South Australia, with an estimated 180 sleeping rough in Adelaide alone so initiatives such as Orange Sky Laundry can help many of these people to feel part of their community and to gain fresh opportunities ” he said.

Founded by the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, Orange Sky Laundry aims to restore respect and reduce strain on resources. Via a growing team of 450+ volunteers, the service is washing and drying an average of 1000 kilos of belongings every week around Australia for those who are homeless or sleeping rough.

“Never before have people doing it tough in Adelaide been able to wash and dry their clothes for free and we are incredibly excited to bring Orange Sky Laundry to South Australia,” said Nicholas.
The Good Guys Chairman, Andrew Muir, is delighted to see another Orange Sky Laundry van on the road to help those in the community who need it the most.

“Nicholas and Lucas, and their team, truly personify what it means to be good guys, and our five stores in Adelaide are eager to get involved with the van on a more local level.”

“We’re thrilled to be joining them on the next phase of the Orange Sky journey in what The Good Guys sees as a truly collaborative partnership with a visionary team,” finished Mr Muir.

The expansion of Orange Sky Laundry to South Australia follows the success of last month’s launch in Perth and the now well established services in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne CBD and South East Victoria. More locations are on the agenda, with an Orange Sky Laundry van planned for the Sunshine Coast, Canberra and the Northern Territory later this year.

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For information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
 Jody O’Brien – PR Specialist – The Good Guys - 0416 222 899

2016 Young Australian of the Year

Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett

Social entrepreneurs

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 September 2014 and since then, the world first idea h...

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