Community Matters

The power of giving

As a family business where relationships are everything, we have strong ties to the communities we operate in. One of our proudest community collaborations is with Orange Sky - the world’s first free mobile laundry in a van.
 
Richard Jay partnered with Orange Sky as a major founding sponsor in 2014, knowing all too well how freshly laundered clothes can make a person feel that little bit better and brighter about the future. The concept fitted with our core belief that all Australians deserve freshly laundered sheets on their beds and clean clothes to wear.
 

Orange Sky Laundry, a free mobile laundry service for the homeless, was established in late 2014. Two friends, Nic and Lucas, started this service with putting two washing machines and two dryers in one van. Orange Sky operates 219 shifts across 22 locations every week around Australia. To date, we've provided 80,890 loads of washing, 5,904 warm showers and most importantly, 134,188 hours of genuine and non-judgemental conversation, helping to challenge the perception of homelessness and positively connect communities all around Australia. Go to the website of Orange Sky here.

Orange Sky Laundry aims to:

  • Connect communities
  • Reduce transmission of diseases
  • Limit demand on service providers
  • Increase hygiene standards of the homeless
  • Restore dignity
  • Raise health standards
  • Decrease strain on resources
  • Expand to continue to help as many people as possible
  • Transition the homeless back into society

 

 

 Orange Sky Laundry - Richard Jay Pty Ltd team

Richard Jay are proud to be a major sponsor and support, to the expansion, of Orange Sky Laundry vans across Australia. See Orange Sky Laundry’s special message for Richard Jay Pty Ltd. Read more about the Richard Jay and Orange Sky partnership.

The 2016 census found that 116,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness. That’s one in 200 people.

 

Click here to view a video of a presentation at UQ’s annual TEDx event. This is a prestigious forum for Orange Sky to spread their idea amongst other innovators.



Below two video's, one where Richard Jay Pty Ltd is installing a van with Orange Sky Laundry and another one where you hear stories from the street. You can read or watch more stories about the adventures of Orange Sky here


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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