Ryan Carters Batting for Change X1, took on the Barker College First X1 in a charity cricket match on 1 November at the School, to raise funds to provide educational opportunities to tsunami affected children and villages in Sri Lanka.
The Batting for Change X1 is part of Ryan Carters philanthropic initiative “Batting for Change” which combines the excitement of T20 cricket in Australia with a commitment to supporting the education of economically disadvantaged young people in developing cricket playing nations. Batting for Change directs its funds raised to the LBW Trust who has as its patron many great cricketers including Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara.
Special guest at this year’s match, was Foundation of Goodness founder, Kashil Gunasekkara, who established the charity in Sri Lanka in 1999. Following the devastating tsunami in 2004, the Foundation has continued to provide much needed support for the affected rural communities.
“Children in rural parts of Sri Lanka do not have the same opportunities and facilities as the children here,” Kashil said. “It is great to see the Barker students from such a young age giving back to the community. Goodness is the one investment that never fails.”
In January 2016 a Barker cricket team toured Sri Lanka presenting a cheque to the Foundation for $30,000 which was used to establish an information technology centre. In January 2018, a similar amount of funds will be presented to the Foundation by another visiting Barker cricket team.