What is Batting for Change?
Batting for Change combines the heavy-hitting of the Sydney Sixers with the generosity of Australians to assist the education of disadvantaged women in cricket-playing nations. Every summer we raise funds for the LBW Trust to support the education of young women in the developing world.
All donations to the LBW Trust through the Batting for Change initiative are tax-deductible in Australia.
The Batting for Change Cup Official Pre-Match Party
On January 13, 2018, the Sydney Sixers will take on the Sydney Thunder at the Sydney Cricket Ground, playing for the Batting for Change Cup.
Before the match, we’re inviting supporters of Batting for Change to join us for the Official Pre-Match Party, being held on the tennis courts and indoor cricket nets adjacent to the SCG. There will be live music, food and drinks, fun and games, and appearances from some outstanding cricketers who support our cause. Following this, our whole group will march to a bay of dedicated seats, where we will cheer on the Sixers and the Thunder! Our aim is to raise over $100,000 through this event and associated fundraising, enough to support transformative educational opportunities for 300 disadvantaged young women in India and Sri Lanka.
Date January 13, 2018, from 4:30pm
BFC Cup Official Pre-match Party 4:30pm – 6:30pm
BFC Cup BBL|07 match 7:20pm
Venue SCG Indoor Cricket Centre, Access through SCG Venue services (adjacent to Cricket NSW)
Cost – Adult ticket $120, includes ticket to the BFC Cup BBL|07 match, BFC Supporters shirt, Pre-match food and beverages, and a $50 voluntary tax-deductible donation to BFC
Children’s ticket $60, includes ticket to the BFC Cup BBL|07 match, BFC Supporters shirt, sausage sizzle and soft drinks, kindly supported by Nexba
If you aren’t able to attend our party, you can always make a flat donation instead. Be sure to have your card details ready to complete your donation.
All donations are greatly appreciated, as every dollar brings us closer to our target!
All donors will be emailed a tax-deductible receipt immediately upon completing payment.
In BBL|07, Batting for Change is raising funds for 300 young women across several projects, in conjunction with the LBW Trust.
In Sri Lanka, Batting for Change is proud to continue our partnership with the Foundation of Goodness to provide tertiary scholarships for 100 women throughout rural parts of the country now entering their third year. This support renews the commitments made to these students as a result of the BBL|05 and BBL|06 fundraising campaigns.
Also in Sri Lanka, Batting for Change is excited to be partnering with NGO CandleAid, to provide support to disadvantaged students currently undertaking tertiary studies. Our support will change the lives of more than 140 students from parts of rural Sri Lanka.
In BBL07, Batting for Change is excited to be partnering with Indian NGO Prerana, a worthy initiative based in Bangalore that supports Pre-University courses and Diplomas for disadvantaged students, with the aim that upon completion of these programs, students will progress to either Engineering, Medical, Science, Commerce, or Business Studies (of their choosing).
The story of Batting for Change
Former NSW Blues and Sydney Sixers batsman Ryan Carters founded Batting for Change in 2013 in conjunction with The LBW Trust, with a vision to bring cricket lovers together in support of a more level playing field in global education.
A career in cricket had taken Ryan to several cricket-loving nations where young people have very different opportunities to the ones we enjoy in Australia. Young women living in poverty in developing nations typically lack access to higher education, and often fall victim to child labour, child marriage, prostitution and domestic violence. A keen student himself, Ryan believes that education is the best way to empower disadvantaged young women. An educated woman can lead her family and her community towards a better standard of living.
The inaugural Batting for Change campaign during BBL|03 raised $30,000 for the LBW Trust to support the construction of three new classrooms at the Heartland School in Kathmandu, Nepal. In its second year Batting for Change raised $108,000. This money was used to support the university education of 500 women at the SPRJ Kanyashala Trust in Mumbai, India. In BBL|05, Batting for Change raised $149,000 to support the education of 600 young women in India and Sri Lanka, and the construction of two new classrooms at the Heartland School, Nepal. In BBL|06, more than $150,000 was raised to support three worthy initiatives in India, Sri Lanka and Kenya.
It is our hope that the Batting for Change vision will inspire cricket lovers everywhere to stand up to level the global playing field in global education.
The Batting for Change XI
The Batting for Change XI is a wandering cricket team made up of current and former first-class cricketers, celebrities, and other supporters who play T20 exhibition matches against Australian schools and clubs. The Batting for Change XI raises funds for Batting for Change programs as well as building valuable awareness of the importance of women’s education in the developing world. Most recently, the BFCXI visited Barker College on Sydney’s North Shore for the third annual BFC XI match, raising $15,000 for projects in Sri Lanka with the generous assistance of Harvey Norman and YourTutor. Please contact email@example.com to learn more.
The Junior ChangeMaker program encourages young cricketers to become ambassadors for the Batting for Change initiative, inviting their family and friends to pledge a small amount of money for every boundary hit during a nominated period (usually one cricket season), while looking towards the bigger picture of levelling the global playing field in education. For more information, or to become a Junior ChangeMaker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org