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Orange Sky Laundry launches new van

‘Hunter’ will help communities in Newcastle.

Social enterprise, Orange Sky Laundry, has launched a new laundry van named ‘Hunter’  in the Newcastle region in partnership with the Development and Relief Agency (DARA).

Engaging a team of 40 volunteers, the service will offer free laundry and a platform for conversations across the communities of Newcastle, Merewether, Warners Bay, Broadmeadow and Islington.

Funded by DARA, the van will operate across six days and facilitate more than 80 hours a week of non-judgemental conversations. It will also work in conjunction with DARA’s van, which offers hospitality and support to the community in Islington Park from 5pm each Saturday.

Orange Sky Co-Founder, Lucas Patchett, said he was excited to launch the service and provide support to some of the 2,000 people doing it tough across the region.

“It is a privilege not only to wash and dry a friend’s clothes, but also to sit down and have a conversation with that person who has taken time from their day to use our service. We can’t wait for Hunter to start having a big impact on the streets of Newcastle and surrounding areas.”

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