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 pledging system
The Batting for Change fundraising model is based on a two-stage pledging system. We invite you to make a pledge to Batting for Change before or during the Big Bash League tournament. You will be contacted at the conclusion of the tournament to complete your pledge.
The pledging process is simple. It begins when you click ‘Pledge Now’.
Firstly you are asked to fill in your details.
Next you nominate an amount that you will pledge to donate for every Sydney Sixers six in the BBL tournament (including finals).
Finally, you have the option of choosing a cap amount to limit your overall donation.
Once you press submit your pledge is complete. We will contact you at the conclusion of the BBL tournament to complete your donation via online payment.
If you would prefer not to make a pledge you can always make a flat donation instead. Simply click Pledge Now and scroll down to select a flat donation. 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 BBL06, Batting for Change fundraised for 3 projects, in conjunction with the LBW Trust.
In India, Batting for Change is supporting the scholarships of 500 new students at the SPRJ Kanyashala Trust College, Mumbai. Since BBL04, BFC has partnered with this college, and the lives of 1000 women have been directly impacted by the supporters of the Big Bash initiative.
In Sri Lanka, Batting for Change is proud to partner with the Foundation of Goodness to provide tertiary scholarships for 100 women throughout rural parts of the country now entering their second year. This support renews the commitments made to these students as a result of the BBL05 fundraising campaign.
In BBL06, Batting for Change is very excited to be partnering with Kenyan NGO Kakenya’s Dream for a brand new tertiary scholarship program. Opened in 2009, the Kakenya Center for Excellence, founded by global visionary Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, believes that education will empower and motivate young girls to become agents of change in their community and country, and has become a beacon of hope to the girls and parents in Enoosaen.
The story of Batting for Change
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 BBL03 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 BBL05, 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 BBL06, more than $150,000 was raised to support three worthy initiatives (see BBL06 beneficiaries).
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 second annual BFC XI match, raising $20,000 for projects in Sri Lanka with the generous assistance of Harvey Norman and YourTutor. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com