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Massive donation supports Australians experiencing homelessness

Orange Sky Laundry is set to provide hundreds of Australians experiencing homelessness with shower and laundry facilities, as well as much-needed social connection thanks to a $35,000 donation from The Lottery Office.

The $35,000 will fund 122 ‘Orange Van’ shifts, 973 laundry shifts, 208 showers and 973 hours of conversation in the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.

The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said Orange Sky supports some of the most marginalised people in the community.

“People who are experiencing homelessness are already socially isolated, so while the laundry and shower facilities are important, they play a secondary role in what Orange Sky provides – conversation and connection,” Ms Wood said.

“By providing a supportive, safe and empowering community, Orange Sky Laundry is allowing people their dignity and challenging the stigma around homelessness.”

On Census night in 2016, an estimated 116,000 Australians were experiencing homelessness. This number is expected to grow in 2021 as consequences of the pandemic are realised.

The Lottery Office donates a percentage of the cost of every ticket sold to charities across the country, allowing the organisation to make a positive impact on the lives of everyday Australians.

Ms Wood said throughout the last year The Lottery Office has made a conscious effort to direct funds towards those who were most effected by lockdowns.

“2020 saw a significant increase in domestic violence during lockdowns, which is the leading cause of homelessness in Australia,” Ms Wood said.

The Lottery Office urges anyone interested in donating to Orange Sky Laundry to visit the Orange Sky website.