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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44 thoughts on “The Cleansing Light of Orange Sky #WATWB July”
“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
Thanks Lynn. And for all you do for #WATWB
What a noble thought. More power to the Orange Sky Laundry team and may their tribe increase. Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story, Simon 🙂
Yes, Shilpa. More power to them. They do a wonderful job.
A wonderful story Simon, thanks for sharing it. Those two Nic’s are truly heroes.
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.
What a great initiative! And coincidently, I’ve just found you can support them getting some finds by a vote here: https://www.australianethical.com.au/community-grants/ ☺
Thanks Miss Andi. Great that you found people can support them too 🙂 Thanks also for joining our team 🙂
My pleasure ☺
This is a wonderful initiative– these people are making a difference with such a simple yet generous gesture. And Andrea, thanks for the link, voted.
Indeed it is. I also like that they are reaching the people as well as their washing.
Extraordinary people! Thank you Simon.
They are. Thanks Peter.
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.
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.
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
Hello Hilary. You’re most welcome. Orange Sky is a marvellous initiative.
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!
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.
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.
Thanks and your most welcome, Deborah. Being part of WATWB is a pleasure for me. As for Orange Sky, yes, what they do for people is inspirational.
What a wonderful project! Thanks for sharing Simon. 🙂
Thanks Debbie. I’m happy to share this great news for our #WATWB
Good way to make connections and reach out to people who get overlooked and lost.
It is, Deborah. It seems also the ‘helpers’ are finding something special too.
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! 🙂
Thanks Belinda. Yes, may many cities do similar 🙂
What a wonderful, useful project! I have read about people driving portable shower trucks, too. They hook up to fire hydrants (with city permission) to give showers to the homeless. Thanks for sharing this with us Simon and thank you for co-hosting this month.
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Thanks Emily. I like the idea about shower trucks too. Love that some people see a practical solution and just make it happen.
What a kind way to help those in need.
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Thanks Mary. It is indeed.
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 🙂
Thanks so much, Pradita. Sorry for the delay. Your comment was in my spam folder. 😦 So sorry. All sorted now. 🙂
You’re most welcome Simon and don’t worry about that. WP does it to me all the time 😉
Homelessness is very real in a city like Mumbai where people sleep on the streets every day.
Amazing! Way more concern and compassion than I could muster; I salute Orange Sky for their kindness. Thanks for bringing this to us, Simon.
You’re most welcome, John. Thanks for visiting.
This is even better than the wall of Kindness I shared about!! A Well of Cleansing 🙂 such a good thing for the homeless, washing must be one of the toughest things to do.
Thank you so much! In Darkness, Be Light. Team #WATWB
Wall of kindness is beautiful, Inderpreet. WATWB is cleansing us all from the toxins of hate. 🙂
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.
Yes, God bless them. It is a wonderful act of care.
Wow…what a great initiative!!! Thanks simon for sharing the story .
Thanks, Sinchita. Isn’t it a great practical way of reaching people.