Orange Sky Laundry (Nic Marchesi OAM + Lucas Patchett OAM)
In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, to wash and dry clothes for free for people doing it tough. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett were awarded the 2016 Young Australians of the Year and in 2020 the Order of Australia Medal to recognise their founding of Orange Sky – the world first, free mobile laundry and shower service for people experiencing homelessness.
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Testimonials for Orange Sky Laundry (Nic Marchesi OAM + Lucas Patchett OAM)
The boys are amazing, their vision in humbling and their influence on local communities is incredibly powerful. We are looking forward to being able to support Orange Sky and their endeavours into the future
Thanks so much for coming along to our conference. The feedback has been incredibly positive. Our guys loved the presentation and we’re really grateful that you came along and shared your story with us.
Everyone is raving about how fantastic you guys were! All the feedback is that you were the standout Spark 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.
I would re-book Orange Sky Laundry in a heart beat. Nic and Lucas are engaging, genuine and a total pleasure to work with.
Very engaging and inspiring. Audience feedback was that they were outstanding.
Ipswich Girls' Grammar School
Fee Range: $5001 to $10000
Orange Sky Laundry (Nic Marchesi OAM + Lucas Patchett OAM)'s Biography
In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, to wash and dry clothes for free for people doing it tough.
Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett were awarded the 2016 Young Australians of the Year and in 2020 the Order of Australia Medal to recognise their founding of Orange Sky – the world first, free mobile laundry and shower service for people experiencing homelessness.
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 has over 33 laundry and shower services operating across Australia and New Zealand, delivering over 260 shifts across every state and territory through almost 2,000 volunteers each week.
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 1,600,000kg of free laundry, over 17,500 warm, safe showers, and close to 300,000 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.
Orange Sky, under the leadership of Nic and Lucas, are committed to delivering on our 2025 vision to help more than 40,000 people.
Lucas and Nic present their story of innovation, fast growth, social entrepreneurship, the impact of social media and how simple ideas can have an enormous impact. They speak at schools, corporates and conferences globally, and continue to inspire, motivate and do things differently!
As they continue to expand Orange Sky Laundry Australia wide, they aim to positively connect the community and improve the lives of others.
Speaking Topics Include
Innovation, creativity and passion for a cause
An inspirational journey from a garage to a nation
How do two 20 year olds take the first step and make a change?