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Homeless helped by clean clothes and conversation

A Queensland engineering student and a professional cameraman have received one of Australia’s top community awards for creating the world’s first free mobile laundry service for the homeless.

Lucas Patchett (above, right), a final-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, and digital media producer Nic Marchesi were named Young Australians of the Year by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull at a national awards ceremony in Canberra on 26 January.

The two friends researched, designed and developed Orange Sky Laundry to operate from the back of a van, using two 10kg washing machines and dryers powered by a generator.

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