- Nic Marchesi OAM and Lucas Patchett OAM are the Co-Founders of Orange Sky, a world first, free mobile laundry and shower service for the homeless.
- 2020 recipients of the Order of Australia medal.
- At the age of 16, were awarded Young Australian of the Year 2016.
- As of 2020, they have 32 laundry and shower services operating across the country, delivering over 280 shifts across every state and territory through over 2,000 volunteers each week.
- Winners of a 2018 Google Impact Challenge Grant.
Virtual and Live
- The Power of Innovation to Do Good
During this time of uncertainty the need for conversation and connection has never been more evident. On a mission to connect people experiencing homelessness through positively connection communities - hear how Nic & Lucas are leading the Orange Sky team through this experience of COVID-19.
- The Power of a Conversation
In October 2014, two best mates had a world-ﬁrst idea - providing a free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. Determined to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year and Order of Australia Medallists, stumbled on something much bigger and more signiﬁcant – the power of a conversation.
- The Power of Technology to Connect Communities
Five years on and 1.4 million tonnes of washing later, Orange Sky has been able to design, build and grow a web app that enables the organisation to effectively and efficiently deliver its mission to positively connect the community. With some help from Google, Orange Sky is now providing this tech to other NFPs to help them amplify their impact and scale.
Innovation, creativity and passion for a cause
An inspirational journey from a garage to a nation
- Social Entrepreneurship
How do two 20 year olds take the first step and make a change?
Nic and Lucas were engaging, well spoken, inspiring and had an amazing story to tell. We have had outstanding feedback from our delegates who were so amazed at the achievements of these ‘two young blokes’ and how taking a simple idea can make such a difference. I particularly liked the emphasis Nic and Lucas had on community – this tied in so well with our conference – and how they also emphasised the importance of conversation. The work they are doing is incredible and it is so great to see the growth of Orange Sky throughout Australia and internationally.
The overall work that Orange Sky Laundry do for communities is both motivating and inspirational. Their key message is the main reason we decided that Orange Sky Laundry was best suited to our conference. It was truly a powerful keynote that left our doctors moved and encourage to continue the work that they do in their own communities.
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
I would re-book Orange Sky Laundry in a heart beat. Nic and Lucas are engaging, genuine and a total pleasure to work with.
Very engaging and inspiring. Audience feedback was that they were outstanding.
Ipswich Girls' Grammar School
The boys are amazing, their vision in humbling and their influence on local communities is incredibly powerful. We are looking forward to being able to support Orange Sky and their endeavours into the future
Thanks so much for coming along to our conference. The feedback has been incredibly positive. Our guys loved the presentation and we’re really grateful that you came along and shared your story with us.
Everyone is raving about how fantastic you guys were! All the feedback is that you were the standout Spark talk, really engaging and managed to make people cry in the space of 3min and 45sec! Thank-you for being a part of it and representing Australia in such a unique and wonderful way.