At Mamamia, we want to acknowledge and celebrate the Australian men who are doing good things and trying to make our country a better place. So we came to you with a list of 100 great Aussie men and asked you to decide Mamamia’s 50 Best Blokes. This week, we’ll be counting down the top ten and announcing who you chose as Mamamia’s Best Bloke on Friday. We’re so pleased to present Lucas Prachett and Nicholas Marchesi – who came in at number five.
What were you doing when you were 21?
Our guess is, it wasn’t starting an ingenious charity you found with your best friend to helps hundreds of people in need on a daily basis, and now has operations all around Australia.
Meet Lucas Prachett and Nicholas Marchesi. These 21-year-old Brisbane natives started mobile laundry company, Orange Sky Laundry 18 months ago and have recently been named the Young Australians of the Year. They are bona fide wunderkinds.
Orange Sky Laundry is a world-first, volunteer-led charity which aims to help the most vulnerable people in society, the homeless. Armed with vans filled with washing machines, Lucas, Nicholas and 500 of their fellow volunteers drive around their respective cities every day washing clothes for those without a roof over their heads.
The operation, founded in July 2014 has grown from two men and a van to 500 volunteers, 11 vans and 12 locations. Orange Sky has just announced they are expanding their venture to include a mobile shower van, which they built from scratch. Homeless individuals in Brisbane can now do their washing but also have a nice, warm shower thanks to Lucas and Nicholas's hard work.
"You put a smile on my face" Brad is having a bad day because this is second Christmas without his 3 kids. We were able to get him on the phone to them and also wash his clothes. Thank you for your ongoing generosity and support, together as the Orange Sky Family we can make small but valuable impacts for those that need it the most on a day like today #oslaundryau
We spoke to Lucas early one morning over phone. While we chatted, he stood in a warehouse where he was overseeing the completion of van number nine, set to head out to Canberra in the coming weeks.
How did you and Nick meet?