Best mates Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett built a free mobile laundry in their old van to help the homeless and Orange Sky Laundry began.
Aiming to connect the community and spark conversations, Orange Sky Laundry started helping people in September 2014. Since then, this world first idea has rapidly grown to eight vans in Brisbane, Melbourne, south-east Victoria, Gold Coast, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and the Sunshine Coast– and they plan to expand their services Australia-wide. With the help of 250-plus volunteers, the custom fitted vans – each with two commercial washing machines and two dryers – service 22 locations and wash more than 200 loads each week.
Orange Sky encourages people of all walks of life to come together. In February 2015, they took their mobile laundry to North Queensland to wash clothes in cyclone- ravaged communities. Nic and Lucas have found a way to treat others the way they want to be treated by restoring respect, while raising health standards and reducing the strain on resources.
Hope is…Making sure someone cares and is willing to share – with Nicholas Marchesi #isharehope Episode 99
Summary: Nicholas’ answer to the five questions! Listen to the full conversation on the player above; also available on iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud.
Question 1: How do you define hope or what is your favorite quote about hope?
It’s knowing that someone cares. Everyone can do hope in really simple ways. I think if we all find ways to simply share hope this way, we all become better givers in that hope.
Question 2: Who has shared the most hope with you?
I think my upbringing was really special in the sense that I was someone who was very crazy in my childhood and really gave everything a go. What my parents have bestowed upon me is that you can give things a go and that when giving things a go, there is hope that you can achieve things. Those will be special in my life and knowing they’re hoping one day that I could deliver that empathy that they showed.
Each and every day, people that I come in contact with really is that catalyst for hope. Whether it’s someone from America, someone from Indonesia, someone from Australia donating towards Orange Sky Laundry, that’s really showing that they hope that we can deliver service that helps people.
Question 3: How have you used hope to make it through a difficult time in your life?
I think that significant events shape anyone’s journey and I think that that’s something that’s really, really special, but I think through all my life I’ve never lost sight of that hope. I’ve been constantly reminded of that hope that’s out there and no one specific time has reminded me that there was no hope. I feel really special and privileged that that hasn’t come, but I know that in my life challenges are still going to come up. I’m going to see those difficult times in my life, but I really know that – what I hope is that those people that continue to support me are still there in my life. I know that they will be there.
Question 4: How are you sharing hope today?
We talked about Orange Sky Laundry being a catalyst for conversation and where our service makes the biggest impact is far from the washing machines and dryers. It’s talking about having really positive and non-judgmental conversations. It’s really as simple as that – it’s knowing that someone cares and it’s all as simple as hope. What we deliver is what our volunteers are – they’re not laundry experts, they’re not counsellors, they’re not there to fix anything, they’re not there to preach anything. What they’re there to do is really deliver the basic human right of clean clothes and conversations and what they deliver is that hope of knowing that there is someone out there that do care. Our volunteers really care in improving our homeless friends’ lives and each and every day I feel really special to be on the forefront of a team that is delivering that hope every minute of the day.
Our hope, my main dream is that Orange Sky Laundry can continue to help people all around the world every minute of the day and deliver that basic human right of those clean clothes and conversations.
Question 5: How should I (the listener) begin to grow in hope or share hope today?
(1) Foster positive and genuine conversations.
(2) Be an active listener.