SCHOOLS have backed a fundraising campaign to get a mobile laundry service for the homeless up and running on the Mid North Coast.
Fundraising will go towards the set-up costs.
Orange Sky Laundry gives the homeless free access to washing machines and dryers while encouraging conversation and community connections.
Erin Denham is spearheading the Mid-North Coast fundraising, under the banner of Make a Difference Community, with the authority to collect the funds on behalf of Orange Sky Laundry.
The target is $100,000.
That will cover the van, generator, washing machines and insurance.
The Mid North Coast Orange Sky Laundry van will provide a mobile laundry service for the homeless from Taree to Kempsey.
Preparations are under way to launch the Mid North Coast fundraising push into the business and corporate sector.
Mrs Denham said the Mid North Coast service would mean more than clean clothes for the homeless.
“In the long-term, we hope it builds a network and bridges the gap between the homeless and the rest of the community to be a platform into gaining jobs, helping people go into low cost housing situations and transitioning hopefully out of the cycle of living on the streets,” she said.
The Catholic Men’s Club, Heritage Christian School, St Columba Anglican School, Newman Senior Technical College, St Joseph’s Primary School at Laurieton, St Joseph’s Primary School at Wauchope and MacKillop College have backed the fundraising campaign.
Two 20-year-old best mates from Brisbane devised the Orange Sky Laundry initiative which has grown to 10 services across Australia.
Contact 0431 519 342 to support the Mid North Coast fundraising.