Nic Marchesi OAM and Lucas Patchett OAM (Orange Sky Laundry)
Young Australians of the Year and recipients of OAM who have a drive to provide support services to the homeless community.
On a mission to improve hygiene standards for the 116,000 people experiencing homelessness across Australia, Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation.
Orange Sky now operates 36 services across 25 locations in Australia and three services across two locations in New Zealand, with continued expansion across both countries. The focus is on creating a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or feel disconnected from the community.
Since 2014, Orange Sky has provided friends on the street with more than 1,900,000kg of free laundry, over 20,000 warm, safe showers, and more than 330,000 hours of genuine and non-judgemental conversation.
Innovation is in the DNA of Orange Sky. Orange Sky continues to priorities finding ways to deliver on its mission through evolving its service offerings and projects. One way this has been done is when Orange Sky won the Google Impact Challenge Grant to take its purpose built technology and further build it to support the not-for-profit sector and improve the volunteer lifecycle. ‘Volaby’ supports dozens of small and large charities across the world to innovate, make data-driven decisions, and harness technology for good.