After purchasing a van with their own money, two Brisbane-based 20-year-olds, Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, decided to put the vehicle to good use. While most guys their age might consider going on a road trip or some other sort of self-indulgent excursion, these two lads decided to turn the van into a mobile laundromat, designed specifically with the homeless in mind.
Though there may be welfare centers and organizations developed for the purpose of helping to feed and clothe the homeless, there was little being done to offer a solution for their hygienic needs.
The idea of helping underprivileged individuals by providing a service that’s often taken for granted is what inspired the young duo to co-create Australia’s first mobile laundromat—Orange Sky Laundry.
Now, Patchett and Marchesi drive around 5 days a week, offering a free hub for those in need to clean their clothes. And, better yet, the laundromat finds them.
The entire cleaning process takes a little over an hour per load and with two washing and drying machines loaded up in the van, they’re able to get through 20kg of laundry per hour.
Ultimately, the young men hope to expand their services to the entire nation, meeting the needs of 105,000+ homeless Australians.
To learn more about Orange Sky Laundry, keep up to date with its brilliant daily progress, and to possibly donate to its cause, be sure to visit the project’s website and Facebook page.