THE STORY OF BATTING FOR CHANGE
Batting for Change was founded by former Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder batsman Ryan Carters in 2013 in conjunction with The LBW Trust, with a vision to bring cricket-lovers together to level the global playing field in education.
A career in cricket had allowed Ryan to visit cricket-playing 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.
In the first 4 years of the initiative, more than $500,000 was raised by the innovative pledge-per-6 model, where members of the public were invited to make a pledge for every 6 hit by the Sydney Sixers cricket team in the annual Big Bash tournament.
Since summer 2017/18, Batting for Change has hosted two major events. The Official Pre-Match Party, held prior to the Sydney Sixers/Sydney Thunder BFC Cup match at the SCG, has brought together 300 supporters each year, while the Corporate Challenge has seen some of Australia's most prominent businesses dusting off the whites for a T10 Round Robin tournament.
Secondary to this, the Batting for Change XI initiative brings fundraising to the schools and corporations of Australia, with a roving team of sporting celebrities and famous faces facing the young guns of a school First XI. The most recent match, at Barker College in February 2019, raised $25,000 to benefit students in Sri Lanka and India.
It is our hope that the Batting for Change vision will inspire cricket lovers everywhere to stand up to level the playing field in global education.