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Orange Sky Laundry's 'Sudsy' on Sunshine Coast

14 April 2016

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

With one in 200 Australians homeless on any given night and over 200 people sleeping rough in the Sunshine Coast area, the service is an important part of helping those in need.

Orange Sky Laundry, with the support of The Good Guys, Richard Jay Laundry and LG have allowed for Orange Sky’s first van “Sudsy” to enter an early beach retirement at the Sunshine Coast.

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 on the Sunshine Coast been able to wash and dry their clothes for free and we are incredibly excited to bring Orange Sky Laundry to the region,” said Nicholas.

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

Young Australian of the Year 2016

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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