Nicholas Marchesi & Lucas Patchett, Co-founders of Orange Sky Laundry
In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van and wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, founded Orange Sky Laundry – a world-first, free mobile laundry service for the homeless. On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation. Now facilitated by more than 700 volunteers across the country, Orange Sky Australia aims to positively connect the community.
Tanya Russell is a registered psychologist with over 10 years’ experience and is also the manager of the Counselling and Clinical Services team of Access Newcastle and CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning. Tanya completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Newcastle and went on to obtain her Honours degree through the University of New England.
Peter will start the year with a visual comment. His work is widely known in the Newcastle area through his 30 year role as the Newcastle Herald’s editorial cartoonist.
Peter was educated in Newcastle and has held a variety of jobs during his career including pizza cook, taxi driver, labourer, commercial artist and support ballet dancer! He has won several awards for painting and cartooning, including 1st prize in the National Rotary Cartoon Awards in 1994 and 2002.