Making a difference to the lives of others is not always at the forefront of many of our minds, but for Lucas Patchett, the co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry, this is exactly what drives him.
In a collaboration with ECCO and GRAZIA they have made a series of videos that will get people to walk a mile in the shoes of Australia’s homeless and then meet young Aussies who are making a difference to their lives – Lucas, being the first of these incredible young Australians.
Coinciding with the release of the new ECCO Cool 2.0 shoe, GRAZIA sat down with Lucas to find out more about Orange Sky Laundry, an organisation he founded with his childhood friend, Nicholas Marchesi, at just 20 years of age! The Brisbane-based pair started Australia’s first free mobile laundry service for homeless Australians, run completely by volunteers.
Fast forward 2 years, Orange Sky Laundry now consists of an army of volunteers with over 800 like minded people dedicated to restoring dignity to the lives of homeless Australians. It’s estimated that 105,000 Australians are homeless and Orange Sky Laundry is on a mission to raise the health and hygiene standards with a simple gesture to give these people some dignity and help get them back on their feet.
I took the new ECCO Cool 2.0 shoes for a test run below.