Where There’s A Will inspired by Will Clarke
Where There’s A Will is a Charity established in Australia with a clear mission that every single person living with an intellectual disability in every community in Australia will be fully included in their community and acknowledged as integral members with a real sense of purpose.
People with intellectual and physical disabilities constitute a group at risk of exclusion. They are often denied the opportunities of full participation in the activities of their communities which they are part of simply because they are different and cannot interact seamlessly.
With 24 lived years, Willo uses a very successful and unique model of art and cricket and inspires artists to paint refurbished cricket bats. Through the originality of the Willo Cricket Bat exhibitions communities are connected, educated and empowered to strengthen their capacity to be truly inclusive and to show the potential of human beings when we embrace each other for who we are.
Where There’s A Will raises funds through the sale of the cricket bats and these funds are used in conjunction with philanthropic funding. Each community has the ability to utilise these funds to identify and create the best project that will deliver the mission of Willo and to achieve long-term and sustainable services for people living with intellectual disabilities.
Willo is not a special program and not something that is done in isolation to communities. Willo is community owned, driven and managed. Willo creates communities with a unity of purpose.
In 2021 two new initiatives to support the Community Exhibitions will be shared. The Last Over with cricket clubs across Australia and the G’day initiative with every person that comes into contact with our children, our friends and our neighbours to say g’day.
A Current Affair
“The Last Over” 5th December 2021
“People Inspiring People” October 2019
Meet Will Clarke
Will is 24 years old and has played and loved sport his whole life. Will lives under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder which means he cannot read or write and finds conversational communication challenging. His fine and gross motor skills are affected which means he cannot regulate his shower, do the most basic daily tasks and requires assistance with certain aspects of his daily life.
He is anxious when their is uncertainty and fiercley independent. He is 6’4, has a younger sister Phoebe, devoted parents, a family who accept him exactly the way he is and have witnessed him face significant challenges and a severe lack of choice.
Will has captained his school, selected as sports person of the year numerous times, rides a horse, competes in 3rd grade cricket in Robertson NSW, competed in the Willo 25km mountain biking race, played an african drum, worked as a labourer, has performed in the SING music concert, and now …refurbishes cricket bats and is the inspiration of a thriving new Charity, Where There’s a Will, which has an international following.
People often talk about Willo as a young man with a presence. He is engaging, loves to participate, has no ego or judgement and loves to hug. You naturally gravitate to his smile, his integrity and love of life.
How to be a Willo Artist
Creating a piece of artwork on a cricket bat is open to anyone who would like to work with Willo. There are no rules or restrictions and the bat will be supplied by Willo ready to paint.
You don’t need to be an artist… you simply need to want to be involved and have an interest in making a difference.
You may know someone who would love to paint, either way let us know and we will send you a bat meticulously refurbished by our team throughout Australia.
Please contact us to register your interest.
How to be a Willo Community
Willo is now working across Australia to unite communities and raise more awareness around intellectual disabilities and inclusion.
The Willo Community is a collection of artists within a community who want to support the cause. Each artist is given a bat refurbished by Willo and his team. They have the option to paint or create some artwork and the bat is put into an Exhibition conducted in the community.
There is an organiser who we liaise with and they are the contact point to communicate and help organise the exhibition. If you would like to be a Willo Community please contact us.
How to send us your bats
We source the second hand bats from schools, cricket clubs, privately and through communities.
We have a drop off station at the International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral, and bats can also be picked up anywhere throughout Australia.
Any old bats will be welcomed and bats that have been left in sheds and unused or potentially to be thrown out will be recycled and given a beautiful new purpose and home.
If you would like to send us a bat directly please contact us.
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