“The human connection through even just a smile and simple conversation can be enough to brighten someone’s day and make their life just that little bit easier to live. Orange Sky Laundry channels this mentality to positively impact so many people in their everyday lives, and it’s beautiful to think that it all starts with the simple act of talking.”
Orange Sky’s Geelong service kicked off in March 2018 and was Victoria’s first regional location outside of Melbourne. The 52 volunteers over 11 weekly shifts have achieved 3,466 hours of conversation and 1,980 loads of washing. https://orangesky.org.au/where-we-are/geelong/ New volunteers always welcome.
The van provides free laundry and heart-felt genuine conversation to people experiencing homelessness. In a fantastic example of community coming together, Orange Sky’s Geelong van was supported by the Geelong Grammar School through the fundraising efforts of students. The remainder of funds was donated by the Muir family, and the van was named ‘Bluey’ to celebrate the school’s efforts. Geelong Grammar School student Matilda von Bibra said she felt there was a need for Orange Sky’s service in the community.
The team in Geelong is proud to work alongside local service providers to help positively connect our friends in need through clean clothes and conversation.
Come and say hi to the team at Orange Sky and view their van ‘Bluey’ at the Humans in Geelong Expo 2019, 10-3pm Sunday 6th October at Deakin Waterfront. The van will be parked in the courtyard.
Story: Jacqui Bennett Photo supplied.