Orange Sky Laundry (Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett)
Travels from: Queensland
2016 Young Australians of the Year - dedicating their lives to helping others
Categories: Entrepreneur, Motivational Speakers
- Business: Innovation, creativity and passion for a cause
- Conferences: An inspirational journey from a garage to a nation
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Best friends Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett were awarded Young Australian of the Year 2016, when they came up with the revolutionary idea to remodel an old van into a free mobile laundry to assist the homeless.
Beginning in 2014, Orange Sky Laundry was a world first idea which has rapidly expanded across Australia in the form of 9 vans, delivering a washing service to the Sunshine Coast, South East Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra.
The vans, which are fitted with two commercial washing machines and two dryers, provide a washing service to over 62 locations and wash over 5.6 tonnes of laundry a week. Orange Sky Laundry brings people together from all over Australia and facilitates hours of conversations ensuring that homeless people are provided the basic necessities of life.
In February of 2015, Nicholas and Lucas took their mobile laundry to North Queensland to assist cyclone ravaged neighbourhoods. To date, Sky Orange Laundry has washed over 140,747 kilograms of laundry and has enabled over 35,501 hours of positive conversation to occur as a result.
Nicholas and Lucas have dedicated their lives to treating others the way they want to be treated and have resorted respect, health standards and have reduced the stress on city resources. The duo now have a goal to expand their services across Australia and aim to positively connect the community and improve the lives of others.
Everyone is raving about how fantastic you guys were! All the feedback is that you were the standout talk, really engaging and managed to make people cry in the space of 3min and 45sec! Thank-you for being a part of it and representing Australia in such a unique and wonderful way.
The boys are amazing, their vision in humbling and their influence on local communities is incredibly powerful.
The overall work that Orange Sky Laundry do for communities is both motivating and inspirational. Their key message is the main reason we decided that Orange Sky Laundry was best suited to our conference. It was truly a powerful keynote
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
Nic and Lucas were engaging, well spoken, inspiring and had an amazing story to tell. We have had outstanding feedback from our delegates who were so amazed at the achievements of these ‘two young blokes’ and how taking a simple idea can make such a difference. I particularly liked the emphasis Nic and Lucas had on community and how they also emphasised the importance of conversation. The work they are doing is incredible and it is so great to see the growth of Orange Sky throughout Australia and internationally.