ORANGE Sky Laundry, Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless, turned two years old on World Homeless Day.
The Day is an annual global initiative on October 10, which sees people around the world get involved in ways to better the lives of homeless people in their local community.
The Good Guys helped celebrate by raising money for a brand new van so Give 2 Orange Sky can offer laundry services to the homeless in the area.
People can still support the initiative by buying a $2 fundraising card at The Good Guys in Midland.
With one in 200 Australians homeless on any given night, a service such as Orange Sky Laundry has never been more vital, and the Give 2 Orange Sky campaign aims to help get another free laundry van on the road.
The Good Guys chief executive Michael Ford is encouraging Midland residents to buy a $2 fundraising card in-store to celebrate Orange Sky Laundry’s birthday milestone and help reach the ambitious fundraising goal.
“There are currently 105,000 people who sleep homeless every night across the country and the sale of $2 donation cards, which feature the bright orange T-shirts synonymous with Orange Sky Laundry, will help a lot of people doing it tough, both locally and across the nation,” Mr Ford said.
“The personalised T-shirt fundraising cards are featured throughout our stores and we hope to see more and more orange cards proudly on display as we edge closer to our ultimate goal.”
The goal of $100,000 will allow Orange Sky Laundry to expand their national fleet to 11 vans, providing clean clothes and conversation to those who are doing it tough.
Orange Sky Laundry co-founders Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett remain passionate and determined to make a difference by restoring respect, raising health standards and reducing the strain on resources.
“We’re really excited about the growth of Orange Sky Laundry and with the long term commitment that The Good Guys has made as our partner, there’s so much we plan to continue to do together to help our friends on the street,” Mr Marchesi said.
“There are so many locations around Australia that are in need of an Orange Sky Laundry van, so we encourage everyone to get behind Give 2 Orange Sky between now and the end of October – every $2 fundraising card sold takes us closer to being able to set up a new van that reconnects people to the community via the simple process of doing some washing and having a friendly chat,” Mr Patchett said.
Orange Sky Laundry is a grass-roots charity providing free laundry that operates alongside other community support services in parks and drop-in centres through customized vans that are fitted with two LG industrial washers and dryers.
“As a business that sells one out of every three laundry products in Australia, it makes sense for The Good Guys to support a program that provides facilities that allow homeless people to wash and dry their belongings.
“Its part of what it means to be a Good Guy and we are committed to supporting to Orange Sky Laundry,” Mr Ford said.
The youthful co-founders were announced as the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, an honour awarded to those aged 16 to 30 who have made an ongoing contribution to the Australian community.
Since 2006 The Good Guys has donated in excess of $8 million to more than 200 community groups and charities across Australia through the Local Giving Program.