The Women’s Cause That Sydney School Boys Are Getting Behind
“A kite without a string is meaningless, a door without a latch is useless… in the same way, a child without knowledge has no substance. Giving education is the highest donation.”
Aussie cricketer Ryan Carters heard these words from a young female student at a college in Mumbai, where his charity, Batting For Change has helped to build classrooms and fund the education of young women.
As a wicketkeeper-batsman, Ryan has travelled around the world and experienced what he describes as, “a shocking inequality between Australia and other cricketing countries.” He tells me that too often, in underdeveloped countries there is an emphasis on educating males as they will go on to head the household. For Ryan, this just wasn’t good enough and he set his sights on making a difference in the lives of women through education. In his work for Batting For Change, Ryan has found that, “when young women are given a real chance at an education, they invest into their families and their communities, creating a legacy of transformative educational experiences.”
In the last three years, Ryan has raised close to $500,000, supporting over 1600 students in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Kenya.
For The King's School, an alignment with Batting For Change was a no-brainer and next Wednesday 22nd Feb, King's will host a charity cricket match for the cause. In what is sure to be a cracking afternoon, the King's 1st cricket team will play a T20 cricket match against a team of celebrities including the likes of former Australian Rugby Caption, George Gregan and Rugby League superstar, Greg Inglis.
Baxter Holt, King's First Cricket Captain, who will be playing on the day, says that for him, participating in the match makes him feel like he’s, “done something good for someone, somewhere.” He tells me that, “as a boys’ school, it’s wonderful to support these women. It gives us an appreciation of the world around us. Not everyone around the world has the same opportunity I have here at King’s.”
Aussie rugby legend, George Gregan, was invited to participate in the Batting For Change match next week by his good mate (former teammate and another Rugby Legend) Jason Little, whose son attends King’s. George tells me that it’s great to see a boys’ school showing such strong community responsibility for a cause that doesn’t get as much attention as others. Like many Aussie kids, George grew up playing cricket in the backyard and is looking forward to hitting a few sixes next Wednesday, although he’s glad it’s just a T20, “hopefully my body won’t fall apart!”
The Batting For Change charity match will be played next Wednesday at 3:30pm at The King’s School JS White Oval. It’s open to everyone and entry is FREE! Spectators will be invited to donate to Batting For Change throughout the match. Even George Gregan agrees, it’s got all the ingredients for a perfect afternoon, “It’s a great combination of fun and good sport, all while supporting a great cause.”
See you there!