How is cricket breaking poverty in Sri Lanka?
NSW Blues and Sydney Sixers cricketer Ryan Carters will use his star power again this year, raising money to help educate disadvantaged women in Sri Lanka. Since Carters pioneered the ‘Batting for Change’ campaign three years ago more than $138,000 has been raised to help those in need around the world.
‘Batting for Change’ works like this: The more sixes hit by Carters and his Sydney Sixers team mates, the more money donated by those who have signed up. Donations vary from one dollar to thousands of dollars, per six.
Funds raised by ‘Batting for Change’ this year will be used to assist Global Development Group project J814N ‘The LBW Trust / Batting for Change Foundation of Goodness’. This is a program enabling 100 women from disadvantaged, rural backgrounds in southern Sri Lanka attend university, equipping them for future employment, ending the poverty cycle for them and their families.
In addition to the ‘Big Bash League’, this year Carters is trialling a new initiative. What he describes as a ‘wandering cricket team’, made up of current and former first class cricketers and celebrities—including Ed Cowan, Nic Maddinson, Josh Lalor, Alyssa Healy and rugby league stars Brett Kimmorley and Matt Cooper—all played in will play a Twenty20 exhibition match on November 11th against the first eleven (1st XI) from Sydney’s Barker College. Carter’s dream is that the team will travel to other cricket clubs around Sydney, and potentially the nation, to use their talent and raise funds to make a difference in the world.
Ryan Carters started his charity ‘Batting for Change’ in 2013 after visiting Nepal and seeing the poverty and lack of access to education.