Will is 26 years old and has played and loved cricket since he was seven years of age. Will lives with 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 do the most basic daily tasks and requires assistance with certain aspects of his daily life.
Will has become the inspiration behind Willo and travels to every community to invite people to get to know him on behalf of all those who live with intellectual challenges.
He is inspiring and influential because he lives life authentically and by example, and inspires people to see beyond the label, the behaviour and the perceived disabilites. To affect one person at a time means we can affect the behaviour of communities to be more inclusive.
He is our champion and inspiration.
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia is His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and Her Excellency, Mrs Hurley
Linda and I are delighted to become Joint Patrons of Where There’s a Will.
We have had the pleasure of meeting Will and the team. Will’s passion and enthusiasm are infectious and what Where There’s a Will has accomplished is highly impressive. From a simple idea – teaching Will skills through refurbished cricket bats – to a growing community across Australia, Where There’s a Will is having a big impact. They are creating awareness about the ability in disability and encouraging communities to come together to integrate and support those with a disability.
It is an uplifting and inspiring journey and Linda and I are delighted to be part of it. We look forward to supporting the team as joint Patrons and encourage all Australians to join us.
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia is His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)
WILLO BOARD MEMBERS
Founder & CEO
Simon Bouda began his journalism career in 1976 as a part-time copyboy for News Limited where he worked for four years before moving to the Daily Telegraph in 1980. While there, he covered everything from finance to police rounds.
Simon reported on the Thredbo landslide tragedy. In 1999, he covered the peace-keeping effort in East Timor as he travelled with the Australian forces on day one of the mission. In 2000, while covering the Fijian Coup, Bouda survived an attack in which a cameraman was shot. In the same year, he moved to London to work as a Nine News correspondent.
From London, Bouda reported on all major news events in Europe and the Middle East including the war in Afghanistan, September 11, the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, the Manchester Commonwealth Games and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
At the end of 2004 Bouda joined A Current Affair as a senior reporter based in Sydney. Within a few weeks he was assigned to cover the Boxing Day tsunami, which claimed an estimated 300,000 lives across Asia. Bouda arrived in Sri Lanka within 24 hours of the disaster and filed reports and live cross for A Current Affair and Nine News as well as the network’s other news programmes . He returned to the Nine News team in February 2007.
Simon Bouda is the author of three books. His most recent, Survival, is the story of the Thredbo landslide, which was made into a telemovie. He lives in Waverley in Sydney with his wife and two children.