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Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett Travels from Brisbane, QLD

Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett


  • Authenticity
  • Communication
  • Entrepreneur
  • Globalisation / World Affairs
  • Inspirational
  • Motivational
  • Philanthropist
  • Social Responsibility

In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, and wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, founded Orange Sky – a world-first, free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation.

Orange Sky now has 29 laundry and shower services operating across the country, with thousands of volunteers giving their time each week to help positively connect some of the 116,000 Australians doing it tough. The focus is on creating a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or feel disconnected from the community. Over the past four and a half years, Orange Sky has provided friends on the street with more than 1,000,000kg of free laundry, over 10,000 showers and close to 200,000 hours of genuine and non-judgemental conversation.

Keynote Titles

  • The Power of Technology to Drive Innovation
  • The Power of a Conversation


The boys are amazing, their vision is humbling and their influence on local communities in incredibly powerful. We are looking forward to being able to support Orange Sky and their endeavours into the future.

Commonwealth Bank

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 45 sec! Thank-you for being a part of it and representing Australia in such a unique and wonderful way.

Tourism Australia


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