Doing Good Down Under: A Mobile Laundry for the Street

Two Aussie 20-year-olds establish an innovative charity to restore respect and health standards for people living on the streets.

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Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, two 20-year-olds from Brisbane, Australia, have a noble goal – to restore respect for the homeless, raise health standards, and reduce strain on resources.
And they've planned and executed the perfect solution – with two 10kg washers and dryers in the back of a van, they've founded the Orange Sky mobile laundry.
Joining the ranks of inspiring organizations helping people living on the streets, the operation runs on a portable generator in the van, and a growing team of volunteers and sponsors - particularly youth in the 18-30 age range. The mobile laundry currently shadows food vans, so people living on the street can get their clothes washed and dried while they eat.
Orange Sky can now service approximately 10 people per hour, but this is just a pilot. The dream is to build a fleet of larger trucks, to help even more people in need across Australia.

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