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TRACK • Plenary Session

Syd Herron Oration

Friday 3 Jun 2022 - 1:10 pm to 2:10 pm

On a mission to improve hygiene standards for the 116,000 people experiencing homelessness across Australia, Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation.


Orange Sky now has over 33 laundry and shower services operating across Australia and New Zealand, delivering over 260 shifts across every state and territory through almost 2,000 volunteers each week. The focus is on creating a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or feel disconnected from the community.


Since 2014, Orange Sky has provided friends on the street with more than 1,600,000kg of free laundry, over 17,500 warm, safe showers, and close to 300,000 hours of genuine and non-judgemental conversation.


Innovation is in the DNA of Orange Sky. Orange Sky continues to priorities finding ways to deliver on its mission through evolving its service offerings and projects. One way this has been done is when Orange Sky won the Google Impact Challenge Grant to take its purpose built technology and further build it to support the not-for-profit sector and improve the volunteer lifecycle. ‘Volaby’ supports dozens of small and large charities across the world to innovate, make data-driven decisions, and harness technology for good.


Orange Sky, under the leadership of Nic and Lucas, are committed to delivering on our 2025 vision to help more than 40,000 people.


Join Lucas and Chief Marketing Officer, Laura Stokes, for the Syd Herron Oration.

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