We are excited to announce Willo Cricket Bats are heading to Melbourne with the support of Bats4life. An amazing group of boys paying it forward and working towards making a real difference. If you are n Melbourne around this time we would love to see you at Brightspace Gallery in St Kilda
Bats4Life is proud to announce an exciting exhibition of some of Australia’s leading artists, musicians and celebrities. Purchasers of these exclusive painted cricket bats will be supporting a worthwhile cause which aims to ‘find ability in disability’.
In Australia, cricket is part of our national identity: it is the tribal encounter which pits us against other nations. As a nation cricket is in our psyche. Another major attribute of Australian culture is our willingness to lend a hand to those in need and our readiness to help the less fortunate.
Bats4Life is a group of fourteen-year-old cricketers from Melbourne. They have embarked upon a unique philanthropic venture, which has helped various groups over the past year. They began by renovating and recycling used cricket bats and providing them to refugees and other groups who would otherwise have no access to the sport.
In this new venture they have decided to help a boy with autism spectrum disorder whose name is Will Clarke. Will’s organisation, Willo Industries, provides refurbished cricket bats to artists, musicians and celebrities for them to paint on: these bats are then sold. The proceeds go towards the organisation whose aim is to find ability in disability. Artists from around Australia have participated including Archibald Prize winner Ben Quilty and rock musician Jimmy Barnes.
Inspired by his example, Bats4life have decided to stage a fund-raising exhibition of these bats and all proceeds will go to this autism charity. The boys are leading by example and they hope that their enthusiasm for the project will inspire others to take advantage of this unique opportunity to own an artwork by a leading Australian practitioner.
Bats will be available to view and purchase on Friday 20th October. Prices will be most generous to reflect the special nature of the exhibition.
More information can be found at: bats4life.org