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Orange Sky Showers Launch // August 2016
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Orange Sky Family,

Today we are proud to announce Orange Sky Showers, and launch our first ever free mobile shower van for the homeless. 

This prototype shower van has been entirely funded by the Melbourne-based Shine On Foundation and so after a trial period in Brisbane, this van will be help our homeless friends in Melbourne.  Queensland Urban Utilities have committed to funding the trial in Brisbane, with the hope of inspiring further funding to secure a second shower van in Brisbane permanently. 

Every night in Australia one in 200 people are homeless, and Orange Sky Showers will provide that basic human right of being clean and having a conversation.  Our key aim has always been to connect the community, whether through conversation, laundry or showers.  

We are so incredibly excited to provide a free shower service to our friends doing it tough in Brisbane, in locations where they feel safe and respected.  Being clean restores self-esteem and confidence, but the positive conversations and interactions our volunteers provide for our homeless friends is the most important thing Orange Sky Showers can offer. 

Orange Sky Showers will partner with our Orange Sky Laundry vans and other essential service providers to best connect the community.

shower statistics 

 
105,000 
Homeless friends in Australia

   
Hours of showers

   
Private showers and basins

   
Brand new mobile shower van funded by the Shine On Foundation

meet dave

Dave is one of our homeless friends from Brisbane, who we've had the privilege of getting to know through our Laundry service.  Always friendly and up for a chat with our friends and volunteers alike, Dave is a key part of the Brisbane Orange Sky family.  When asked what Orange Sky meant to him, he said:

"It's hope, it's all about hope. We get through the night, we get up in the morning. We're looking for whatever hope we can."

This week Dave has been one of the first friends to use Orange Sky Showers (and our brand new orange towels!) and hopes the service can continue in Brisbane to continue to help him and his friends. 

thank you

22 Months ago we never would have imagined a crazy idea like washing and drying clothes for free would lead us to today, proudly announcing our first Orange Sky Showers Van. 

Since October 2014, Orange Sky Laundry has provided more than 210,000 kg of free laundry for our friends on the street, but more importantly clocked up in excess of 55,000 hours of positive, genuine and non-judgmental conversation. 

Every week our 10 mobile laundry vans are operated by an incredible team of 650 volunteers who provide the basic human right of clean clothes and conversation to our homeless friends.

Thanks to your ongoing support, we have been able to expand our service to now provide mobile showers for free in locations where our homeless friends feel most comfortable.  Your generosity is truly appreciated and continues to make an incredible difference to the thousands of people our service has positively connected.  

Keep up to date with all that's happening on our brand new Orange Sky Showers social media channels by clicking the links below.  We love sharing our stories with you and appreciate all your likes and comments!  We are so excited to continue to share our journey with you and grow together. 

Cheers,
Lucas, Nic and the Orange Sky Team
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