Australia’s mobile laundrette for the homeless

by Giacomo Alfiero - 2016.03.31
Australia’s mobile laundrette for the homeless
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A friendly pickup truck called Sudsy is where the small revolution began for Australians Nicholas Marquis and Lucas Patchett, both aged 21. All they did was “throw a couple of washing machines in the back of a van” to kick off the Orange Sky Laundry, the first mobile laundrette for the homeless. It's an obvious way – but one no one had thought of before – to provide a free and easily accessible service to improve hygiene standards for the homeless. In less than two years, the project has spread beyond Brisbane to five other Australian cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast and, from this week, Adelaide) and now has up to 450 volunteers. These numbers go way beyond the original expectations of the founders, who now manage 1,000 collaborators. Nicholas said: “We want to break down the common perception that people have of the homeless and help them grow in society.”

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