Two 20 Year-Old Guys Gutted Their Van And Built A Free, Mobile Laundry Service For The Homeless

October 26, 2014

Every night in Brisbane, Australia, around 300 homeless people find a place to sleep in a park, under a bridge, in a parking lot or abandoned building.

Two 20 year-old guys have taken it upon themselves to create a charity, Orange Sky Laundry, and build a van that offers a free, mobile laundry service to Brisbane's homeless.

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

Here's how they did it:

First they removed the wall lining of the van to make more room.

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

They installed new wall lining for the electrical outlets.

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

The van needed a nice orange paint job.

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

With the platform built, now it's time to buy and install the washers and dryers.

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

First washer goes in.

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

Installation inside the van, Chemical pumps supplied by Symbio, 25m retractable hose and ducting for dryers.

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

Second washer is in, a perfect fit.

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

Meet David. A proud board member, and volunteer coordinator.

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

The first person to use the van. It's officially in operation.

free laundry for homeless from van
Orange Sky Laundry

Orange Sky Laundry is Australia's first mobile laundry service providing homeless people with access to free washing/drying facilities, and it's run by unpaid volunteers. If you want to help their cause, you can make a donation here. Learn more at OrangeSkyLaundry.com.

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