Carters continues to bat for change
Sydney Sixers batsman once again aiming to go big as he uses cricket to bring humanitarian change in South-East Asia
18 September 2015, 12:36 PM AEST
Once again this summer scoring big and clearing the fence in the KFC Big Bash League will mean more to Ryan Carters than runs alongside his name.
The New South Wales and Sydney Sixers batsman began his charity Batting for Change after visiting Nepal and seeing the poverty lack of access to education.
Batting for Change leverages the big-hitting nature of the Big Bash League with the opportunity to financially benefit from every six hit – simply put, the more pledgers and sixes, the more money going towards those less fortunate.
Carters, a successful cricketer in his own right claiming Player of the Year honours for his state in both the Sheffield Shield (2013-14) and One-Day (2014-15) competitions, wanted to use his status as an elite sportsman to help those in need.
"We are all lucky to have a career from professional sports but I think we need to use that influence over people to help those in need," Carters said.
"To be able to contribute to the education of women in those developing nations is a great thing and the support from the charity has been great.
"People like Steve Smith, Nathan Lyon, Steve O'Keefe and Moises Henriques amongst others have been amazing support."
Kicking off the fundraising campaigns in BBL|03, Batting for Change raised $30,000 with money going towards building three classrooms in the Heartland School, situated in Kathmandu, Nepal.
With such stark success, Batting for Change set about reaching their BBL|04 target of $66,666 for the university education of 500 women in Mumbai, but the efforts saw that goal surpassed and the final tally reach $108,000.
The LBW (Learning for a Better World) Trust are the exclusive charity partner of Batting for Change, and all funds raised support LBW Trust education projects in developing cricket playing nations.
— Batting for Change (@batting4change) August 6, 2015
"Personally I was really touched in Kathmandu; we've helped over 400 people because of the strong link between finances and education in Nepal.
"To see the students learning and happy makes it all worthwhile."
Families often rely on less than US$1.25 per person per day and struggle to access education, but the donations weren't the only thing Carters' took to the communities.
"They love their cricket over there. They weren't trying to take it easy on me either, I was a bit under the pump to be honest.
"There may be some major differences between kids from those communities and Australian kids but the fundamentals are pretty similar; they all love sport and schooling."
When asked whether he will be trying to clear the fence each ball with donations in sight, Carters - for the first time - played a forward defence.
"I think I'll be playing each ball on its merits but I think like years gone by I can rely on my teammates to come up with the goods and earn some big money."
Carters has also asked that donations are held until the fundraising campaign is launched ahead of BBL|05 where you can keep an eye on his progress with the Sydney Sixers.