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 took on the Sydney Thunder at the Sydney Cricket Ground, playing for the Batting for Change Cup. For the first time, Batting for Change held their Official Pre-Match Party.
300 amazing supporters joined us for our first Official Pre-Match Party, where they enjoyed live music, food and drinks, fun and games, heard from BFC Ambassador Stephen O’Keefe and LBW Trust Director Mike Coward, and celebrated with Batting for Change Founder Ryan Carters as we tipped over our fundraising target in the last few minutes of the party!
The Batting for Change Cup match between theSydney Thunder and the Sydney Sixers was hotly contested as always, and it was great to see the Sixers win on the final ball to take out the BFC Cup for the first time at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
In BBL|07, Batting for Change raised 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 Corporate Challenge
On December 1, 2017, Batting for Change hosted the Inaugural Corporate Challenge. Eight teams, ranging from Propertylink to Macquarie Bank, donned whites to partake in an 8-a-side round robin tournament hosted at Shore College in Sydney. With the inaugural trophy taken out by the team from MBS-Pitcher Partners, Batting for Change founder Ryan Carters took the opportunity to remind all that partook of the importance of our fundraising, with Heartland founder Pat Price and So They Can co-founder Keri Chittenden speaking earnestly about the impact of the funds raised by this tournament on their respective projects in Nepal and Tanzania.
If your company or business is interested in participating in the 2018 Corporate Challenge, please send us a message using the form on our “Contact Us” page.
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. In summer 2018, BFC hosted to BFC XI matches at Barker College and The King’s School, Parramatta. 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