Orange Sky connects with ‘most vulnerable’

South Western Times
Orange Sky brand manager Ben Knight and co-founder Nicholas Marchesi are taking one of the Orange vans around the South West to promote awareness of the region’s need for its own van.
Camera IconOrange Sky brand manager Ben Knight and co-founder Nicholas Marchesi are taking one of the Orange vans around the South West to promote awareness of the region’s need for its own van. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Co-founder of Orange Sky Nicholas Marchesi is calling on people in Bunbury to help bring about the introduction of a van to wash and dry the clothes of homeless people.

Mr Marchesi and brand manager Ben Knight visited Bunbury on Wednesday with a new hybrid van called “Lottie” – which features a washer, dryer and hot shower – to raise awareness of their mission to “positively connect communities”.

Heatseal Double Glazing owner Paul Murphy ignited the campaign to bring a van to Bunbury last year after offering to donate money collected from the recycling of old aluminium windows.

“Paul a few months ago had this really crazy idea of fundraising for a van in Bunbury and what it costs us is $140,000 to put one of these vans in the community,” Mr Marchesi said.

“It’s a pretty ambitious target, but Orange Sky now has 26 vehicles in operation around Australia and people like Paul believing in us is why they exist.

Orange Sky Brand Manager Ben Knight and co-founder Nicholas Marchesi are taking one of the Orange vans around the southwest to promote awareness of the regions need for its own van.
Camera IconOrange Sky Brand Manager Ben Knight and co-founder Nicholas Marchesi are taking one of the Orange vans around the southwest to promote awareness of the regions need for its own van. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

“Our hope is to have one of these vehicles in Bunbury before the end of the year.”

Mr Marchesi said one of the most important aspects of their service was to initiate conversation with the most vulnerable in communities.

“Even though there isn’t a van in Bunbury now, people can have a profound impact on someone’s life by making them feel connected through conversation,” he said.

Donations or applications to volunteer can be made at www.orangeskylaundry.com.au.

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