The Cleansing Light of Orange Sky #WATWB July



Welcome to another month of  We Are the World #WATWB Blogfest.

Cohosts this month are: Sylvia Stein, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Damyanti Biswas and myself.  I want to thank them and ask you to check out their posts too.

The day I found out about The Sydney Story Factory I also discovered the story of Orange Sky on this clip.  They have been in the Aussie news again recently because of a wonderful thing – they are growing. They are even in Canberra, the nearest capital to my part of the world.


Who or what are Orange Sky?  They are people who do laundry – wash and dry clothes – for people who live on the streets.  

First they did the washing.  

Then they made friends.  

Friends with street-people, with business people, the civic minded and anyone who is moved by their work.

If you are a blog tragic, check out their blog here.  Here is a smidgen from the blog

“With nothing more than the clothes on their backs, $10 in their pockets and their cell phones, Nic Marchesi and Nich Kristock of Orange Sky Laundry recently spent two nights living on the streets of Sydney. Having never experienced homelessness personally, the goal of this unusual exercise was for the pair to gain a greater understanding of what it actually feels like to be homeless and to challenge some of the stereotypes which surround this vastly complex topic.

NK: “I guess you can’t ever fully understand what it’s like to be homeless if you’re just doing it for a few days, but I would like to get a better understanding of what it means to really feel that disconnect from people that are walking right next to you. Even though you’re both just people, there’s still that feeling of inferiority when you know you don’t have a home to go to. I want to understand better what it’s like to feel that way, so I can have a better conversation with a homeless friend.”





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…five co-hosts leading each month will ensure that none of us are overburdened, and can host every few months. 
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Author: simonfalk28

Country lad, Focussing on verse.

44 thoughts on “The Cleansing Light of Orange Sky #WATWB July”

  1. “But for the Grace of God, go I” I hope this concept catches on elsewhere. I know that some people do this for disaster victims. Thanks for sharing about this and for being a part of #WATWB

  2. What a noble thought. More power to the Orange Sky Laundry team and may their tribe increase. Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story, Simon 🙂

    1. They are heroes, Susan. Heroes in a practical way. What is beautiful is that they went from not only washing, but having real conversations with the people as well. It seems to be forming community in some places.

  3. First of all, thank you, Simon, for hosting this blog fest. I will definitely become one of the co-hosts soon. I just have to tweak my professional commitment for it. With regards to this post, I think this is a gem of an idea. It just goes to show that when you really want to go out and help someone or the community, money is not the biggest challenges you face. The only challenge is whether you want to do it or not. Great work by Orange Sky and the team. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. Sharukh, it is lovely to hear from you. Yes, Orange Sky is a great thing and is spreading to other cities too. You would be most welcome to join us on the WATWB team and I’m sure Damyanti would be happy to hear that. Thanks.

  4. Hi Simon – what an extraordinary idea … but oh how valuable … we can all relate to clean clothes and what a difference it makes to us in the day to day of life – but for the homeless … would make so much difference – as we can see. Fantastic idea – and thanks for sharing Orange Sky Laundry with us … cheers Hilary

  5. What an extraordinary organization and story of two men who are willing to understand the plight of the homeless. I’ve never been in that situation, but having volunteered in a soup kitchen and seeing those souls at my church, I can only imagine what a hard life it is to live. How do you overcome? The answer is with help from Orange Sky and other entities willing to help with simple things like doing laundry. My church offers free haircuts once a month to the homeless or those living in shelters (along with weekly meals), and I think this small service goes a long way in helping people feel good about themselves. Thanks for sharing this good news, Simon!

    1. Thanks. I love the idea of the free haircuts in your place, Mary (Says I with no hair!) Both those haircuts and Orange Sky are so good and so essential. It’s wonderful those people feel free enough to reach out and help.

  6. What a wonderful initiative – kudos to the Orange Sky folks! Helping people take care of basic human needs when they are challenged and most vulnerable is such a powerful thing. Thanks for sharing the story Simon, and for co-hosting.

  7. Love this, something so simple can mean so much! Hope this initiative is adopted in other communities. Thanks so much for sharing this Simon! #WATWB Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  8. This is such a kind initiative they’ve taken up. Food, medication and shelter take up most of our attention when it comes to helping out the homeless and refugees. But clothing breeds a lot of infections too. It’s heartwarming, what they do and what they went through just to understand what homelessness means. Thank you for sharing this incredible story Simon 🙂

  9. This is a wonderful initiative! The homeless are human too and need to feel loved and cared for. God bless the team. Thanks for sharing Simon.

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