Orange Sky Stories

For every load of washing that happens on shift, an hour of conversation takes place. Orange Sky Stories is a collection of narratives that highlights the importance of human connection and the power of a conversation. We want to share these stories, with the hope of inspiring people to challenge the perception of homelessness and encouraging others to invest in the simple joy of a conversation. We invite you to pay what you want for this book to help us to Positively Connect Communities around Australia.

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About Orange Sky Laundry
Orange Sky Australia is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homeless – an idea founded in a Brisbane garage by two 20-year-old mates. Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett installed a couple of washing machines and dryers in the back of their old van, visiting parks in Brisbane to wash and dry clothes for free. With an aim to improve hygiene standards and restore dignity to people doing it tough, they stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation. Now facilitated by more than 1000 volunteers, Orange Sky has expanded to 20 services across Australia and generates over six tonnes of laundry every week. Most importantly, Orange Sky volunteers have engaged in more than 100,000 hours of conversations to date, helping to dispel myths about homelessness and positively connect communities all around Australia