When the two young social entrepreneurs decided to start the Orange Sky mobile laundry service for homeless people in 2014 they had no idea where it would take them. Initially operating on a shoestring budget, Orange Sky now has an income of over $6 million. From just one location in Brisbane, there are now 250 sites offering weekly services to homeless people throughout all Australian states and mainland territories, plus the first Orange Sky mobile laundry van in Auckland, New Zealand.
Let us not develop an education that creates in the mind of the student a hope of becoming rich and having the power to dominate [but one that forms] the lofty ideal of loving, of preparing oneself to serve and to give oneself to others.
– Archbishop Oscar Romero
It was June 2014 and 20-year-old Lucas Patchett had just returned to Brisbane from a working holiday in Canada. He was about continue his Chemical Engineering course at the University of Queensland when he met up with his ex-school mate, Nicholas Marchesi. That meeting would turn their world upside down.
People change for two main reasons: either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken”
― Steven Aitchison
Bronze Bust by Kris-Ann Ehrich
Edmund Rice, a successful Irish businessman, had the world at his feet. And yet he gave away his fortune in pursuing a dream to educate the poor. His friends said he was crazy. Why did he do it and how did he achieve so much as a social reformer?
We must be the change we want to see in the world
Ordinary people need to lead and not sit there and think that governments are going to spoonfeed them and look after them and look after the country, because they won’t.
If there is one person who epitomises the maxim “change yourself, change others, change the world”, it is Ian Kiernan, AO – Chairman, Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World.