By Emilie Ng
BRISBANE’S homeless are grateful for a new initiative that offers free laundry services in local parks across the city.
Orange Sky Laundry is Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless, founded by friends and former St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace mates Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett.
Team members had their first run on Thursday, October 9 and within a week washed nearly two-dozen loads.
“The homeless are loving it,” Mr Marchesi said.
“Overall they are very supportive and happy.”
Mr Marchesi said the local homeless were surprised that the service was free.
“Some are shocked by it, and think there’s a loop hole, like we’re going to charge them,” Mr Marchesi said.
Mr Marchesi said blankets, towels, aprons and socks were the main items that the homeless wanted cleaned.
“Our patrons’ transport is their feet, so it is no surprise that they wanted their socks washed,” Mr Marchesi said.
Orange Sky Laundry has also begun taking online donations after the business’ legal status was approved last week.
Every $60 donated to Orange Sky Laundry helps sponsor 10 washing cycles, while $600 can support washes over an entire week. Donations can be made at, www.orangeskylaundry.com.au.