From Queensland, using their old van in September 2014, they built their own laundromat helping the homeless around Australia to wash and clean their clothes. First being told it was impossible and had never been done before, Orange Sky Laundry have since rolled out eight major vans in different cities all around Australia. Even helping in Queensland when cyclones have hit the towns (Chryssides, 2016). Servicing over 62 locations and washing over 4.5 tonnes of clothing for the homeless in their vans each week (Doherty, 2016). Nic and Lucas are both full-time volunteers not earning a wage, running their charity entirely based on sponsors and donations they receive. Along with over 500 volunteers helping every fortnight to wash clothes and support those who may not be experiencing the same thing everyday people might be.
The most important thing is not just the washing machines and dryers they drive around in their vans, it is the genuine conversations they foster every week on the 6 orange chairs (Orange Sky Laundry, 2017). They talk to shy individuals who may not have had any contact with anyone for a couple of days or bring people to tears with excitement when the Orange Sky Laundry van arrives. Orange Sky Laundry and their volunteers have impacted and helped many homeless Australians and are benefitting someone’s life every day with just a washing machine and a great conversation (Chryssides, 2016).
Finding a way to treat others with the same respect they want to be treated with, Nic and Lucas have helped raise health standards and reduced the strain on resources (Australian Honour Roll, 2016). As well as, contributing and looking out for people who don’t get the same opportunities as the average Australian. All this being done through their charity, Orange Sky Laundry, they hope to support the homeless all around the nation and spread the positivity of community and improving the lives of others.