Who we helped in Australia in 2021
Updated: Jul 26
Here at The LBW Trust, we're proud to be supporting Australian country libraries through National Backyard Cricket.
In 2020, The LBW Trust partnered with Friends of Libraries Australia (FOLA) to identify the best way to support better educational outcomes in Australia as part of the National Backyard Cricket program. With FOLA’s insight, the partners settled on country public libraries.
Extensive research in Australia and overseas has shown that every dollar invested in public libraries delivers a return of 4x to 8x, making public libraries one of the most economical ways to deliver community benefits. Australian libraries provide essential community educational experiences. These include research assistance, language classes, and career and employment support for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
There is no national fundraising campaign that seeks to address the economic inequities that our rural, regional and remote libraries face. Until now...
With the success of our inaugural National Backyard Cricket campaign this year - a campaign designed to support disadvantaged students in cricket-playing nations - we were able to raise nearly $70,000 for rural, regional and remote libraries and give out 54 grants!
The National Backyard Cricket was able to raise a mammoth $125,000 in total, with the remaining funds raised being used to support education for tertiary students in cricket-playing nations. We hope you are inspired to join in and help us give a boost to Australia’s country's public libraries.
Grant applications were received from all Australian states, plus the Northern Territory. These are the libraries that we were able to help in 2021:
Wagga Wagga City Library
Inverell Shire Public Library
Glen Innes Public & TAFE Library
Grenfell Public Library
Hilltops Council Library Service - Young
Cessnock City Library
Armidale Regional Libraries
Leeton Shire Library
Clarence Regional Library
Richmond-Upper Clarence Regional Library
Cobar Shire & TAFE Library
Kempsey Shire Library
Snowy Monaro Regional Library (SMRL)
Bellingen Shire Library
Lismore City Library
Central West Libraries
Tenterfield Public Library
Adelaide River Community Library
Western Downs Libraries
Loxton Library & Visitor Centre
Bordertown Public Library
Whyalla Public Library
Waikerie Library and Visitor Centre
City of Mount Gambier
Greater Hamilton Library
West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation
St Arnaud Library (Northern Grampians Libraries)
Robinvale Community Library (Swan Hill Regional Library Service)
Port Fairy Library - CRLC
City of Ballarat Libraries Ballarat Branch
Kalbarri Public Library
Collie Public Library
Margaret River Library
Derby Public Library
Australind Public Library
Williams Public Library
Shire of Northam Library Service
Harvey Public Library
Town of Port Hedland Libraries
Esperance Public Library
We are incredibly thankful for your participation and donation to our inaugural National Backyard Cricket campaign. We were able to help shape the future of these libraries for the better, and we couldn't have done it without you!
Want to get involved in National Backyard Cricket? Click here for information on our upcoming 2022 campaign: https://nationalbackyardcricket.com/