Our impact in Brisbane

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Brisbane is always a hub of activity, as it’s the location of Orange Sky’s headquarters and workshop, where all our vans are constructed.

There are currently three vans based in Brisbane. ‘Marcia’ (laundry) and ‘Laurie’ (showers) were both funded by the Queensland Government’s Dignity First Fund. Marcia was named after Tropical Cyclone Marcia, which devastated communities in Central Queensland in February 2015. Orange Sky was able to provide free mobile laundry services to people in need during this time, which prompted the Queensland Government to work with Orange Sky to put another van on the road. Marcia has since helped residents in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, which hit the coast of North Queensland in March 2017.

Brisbane is also the proud owner of our shower van, Laurie, whose name came from a unique experience shared by the Minister of Housing and Public Works, Mick de Brenni. Mr de Brenni had a conversation with a man sleeping rough, named Lawrence, who mentioned that all he need in that moment was not a place to sleep, or food, but rather just a clean pair of underwear. This helped catalyse Mr de Brenni’s support for Orange Sky Australia, which provides laundry services, now paired with a warm shower to help restore dignity to friends like Lawrence. The van is proudly named Laurie, to remind us of the important work we do.

Marcia and Laurie work alongside our original Brisbane laundry van, ‘Cathy’, to service the needs of the community and help positively connect people who are experiencing homelessness.

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The six orange chairs in every Orange Sky van are the most important part of our service. They are used by our volunteers and friends to connect. Each chair represents a key cost specific to the location, and through the support of these chairs, we are able to continue helping our friends.

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