Orange Sky brings happier times to people struggling on the Coast

HAPPIER CHRISTMAS: Job seekers Timothy Gorton and Anthony Bentley with Glen Mahoney of Orange Sky Laundry.
HAPPIER CHRISTMAS: Job seekers Timothy Gorton and Anthony Bentley with Glen Mahoney of Orange Sky Laundry. Contributed

IT'S beginning to look a lot like a much happier Christmas for people struggling on the Coast this year.

Caloundra resident Anthony Bentley knows all too well how tough times can be, after an injury left him without work a few years ago, but while now things are looking up for him, he's keen to highlight the work Orange Sky Laundry provides for others.

Founded by two Brisbane boys in 2014, the van-based mobile laundromat allows homeless people to wash their clothes for free.

Not only that, Mr Bentley said the most valuable service they provide is six orange chairs for homeless, volunteers and community members to sit and chat while the machines finish their spin cycles.

"These chairs are the most important thing Orange Sky provides, because people can sit there and have a conversation while their washing is being done,” he said.

"A lot of people who are homeless don't talk to each other.

"And the self-esteem these people get from just looking cleaner, smelling cleaner and being able to sit down and have someone listen to them is really great.”

Mr Bentley has since picked up a casual cleaning job with the help of MAX Employment Caloundra, meaning he's able to enjoy himself this holiday season.

"I guess you could say I'm going to have a good Christmas because I'm not laying around doing nothing,” he said.

"I'm perking up and thinking 'hey, life is good'.”

MAX Employment are pledging $5 for every job found by their customers, in addition to the $2500 already raised.

Topics:  charity homeless homelessness job seekers orange sky laundry

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