The founders of a world first mobile laundry service for the homeless, Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi, are the
official ambassadors for Catholic Education Week in Queensland this year.
The 20 year old former St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace school friends, now supported by a board of eight and
a team of 40 volunteers, founded Orange Sky Laundry in July 2014.
Orange Sky aims to give homeless people the dignity of clean clothes, and in collaboration with other agencies,
assist them to get back on their feet and into housing. There is also a plan to provide part-time employment through work with the service.
Their two custom-fitted vans have been servicing parks and drop-in centres across Brisbane and the wider area,
and Orange Sky wants to expand its services Australia-wide by the end of 2015.
The team also assisted people in Central Queensland recently following Cyclone Marcia, doing 1000kg of washing
in four days.
QCEC Executive Director Mike Byrne says the Commission is delighted that the Orange Sky team has agreed to be the
ambassadors for Catholic Education Week 2015.
“The theme for this year’s celebrations is Engaging Minds. Igniting Hearts. Serving Others and these young people and their work clearly embody this message.
“They represent a wonderful example of carrying on the social justice work fostered in their schooling into their
lives as young adults,” he said.
Orange Sky wants to harness the energy of 18-30 year olds who are keen to volunteer but struggle to find simple
ways to help people in need. They also recognise the importance of support from the global community, with donations received from 29 countries around the world.
Catholic Education Week 2015 runs from Sunday 26 July to Saturday 1 August and is an opportunity for all Catholic schools to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. The Orange Sky team will visit a number of
communities to engage with students, staff and parents during the week.
There are 299 Catholic schools in Queensland educating 148,000 or almost 1 in 5 Queensland students and employing
18,000 teachers and staff.
Why Orange Sky?
“The song, Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch has been a major inspiration behind this project.
“In your love, my salvation lies” and “I had a dream I stood beneath an orange sky, with my brother standing by” are lyrics from the song. The entire message of the song is about helping your brothers and sisters. These values are imperative to us and central to our project.” Orange Sky Laundry Team
Founders of the Orange Sky Laundry Service for the homeless Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi are pictured with students from St James’ College, Spring Hill.
Ends …… 25 May 2015