Past Events & Campaigns
Women for Change Gala Dinner
What an incredible night! On May 21st the ‘Village of Sydney’ gathered at the Wentworth Sofitel Hotel in Sydney to celebrate the graduation of the first 22 young Kenyan women supported by Women for Change. Dr Kakenya Ntaiya joined us to share in the achievements of the first group of students to join her girls’ school, Kakenya’s Center for Excellence in 2009.
Our Graduation Gala Evening was so much fun, and we are immensely thankful for everyone who attended. We hope you had fun joining us to celebrate three courageous Sydney graduates – Linet, Sharon & Peyian – and the 19 young women in Kenya. It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the power of education during the festivities!
We’d like to take the time to express special gratitude to our sponsors and the individuals who enabled us to hold the Graduation Gala Evening.
The LBW Trust Annual Dinner
For 15 years the annual dinner has been the focal point of summer. Australian Cricketer and Commentator Brett Lee was the Guest of Honour for the 2021 annual dinner. With the support of our corporate partners and the generosity of attendees through our raffle, live and silent auctions and donations we raised $130,000 to help transform poverty into opportunity.
Quizzing for a Better World
Run online during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Quizzing for a Better World was a 10-week tournament that engaged 200 participants online in a weekly, 20 question Quiz. Each participant donated $50 for a team of two and were sent an online weekly quiz. Throughout the 10 weeks we raised $12,000.
Corporate Cricket Sydney 2021
Neither rain or Covid were able to stop 6 corporate cricket teams meeting at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill on Friday 3rd December, 2021 to compete for the 5th Annual Corporate Cricket Challenge.
It was well worth the trip up from Melbourne for the IRS team (in grey) who took the title from a very competitive Crestone team (in green).
With the funds raised from the event, The LBW Trust can fully support the 170 students at our Sri Lankan NGO partner and cover the work of one of the three Indian NGOs we support to enable them to complete their life and community changing work.
Batting for Change Corporate Cricket Challenge
Despite the challenges we faced in 2020 through the Covid-19 pandemic, we were able to host the 4th annual Batting for Change Corporate Cricket Challenge. A beautiful Sydney summer day saw 8 corporate cricket teams take to the cricket fields at St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill for a fun day of cricket with each of the teams competing in a T10 round-robin tournament. This event raised $65,000 towards education projects in cricket playing countries around the world.
The Prime Ministers Backyard Cricket Game
Hosted at Kirribilli House in conjunction with Nova Entertainment. Fitzy, Wippa, and PM Scott Morrison play a backyard cricket match.
Fitzy and Wippa each had a side consisting of various celebrities and lucky radio listeners. Celebrity players at the inaugural event included Scott Morrison, Guy Sebastian (who took home most valuable player honours), Sam Frost, Karl Stefanovic, Brett Lee, Tom Williams, Mel McLaughlin, and Ed Cowan.
As part of the event, Nova generously donated for each of the first five wickets taken, resulting in a $25,000 donation that will go an extraordinarily long way in supporting tertiary education.
Virtual Giving Event
On Wednesday 24th November, The LBW Trust and Women for Change hosted a Virtual Giving Event which showcased three of the education projects that we support. Opening remarks were delivered by our patron, the Governor-General of Australia, Mr David Hurley.
The 3 projects were:
Teacher training for Afghan Refugees
Lifting Up Disadvantaged Nepalese Students
Enabling Kenyan Maasai Girls to Dream
Together we pledged A$101,270 – an incredible demonstration of the power of collective giving!
National Backyard Cricket
National Backyard Cricket is a community event to raise funds to level the global playing field in education. We believe Australians can come together to create transformative educational opportunities for disadvantaged young men and women in cricket-playing nations.
The LBW Trust has now distributed the $54,000 funds raised during the inaugural National Backyard Cricket program, held last summer (January 2021) to country libraries across Australia and tertiary education projects in India and Sri Lanka. The country libraries funds were matched by Harvey Norman and a generous donor.
Batting for Change XI
The Batting for Change XI is a wandering cricket team made up of current and former first-class cricketers, celebrities, and other supporters who play T15 exhibition matches against Australian schools and clubs. The Batting for Change XI raises funds for Batting for Change programs as well as building valuable awareness of the importance of women’s education in the developing world.