The Paddlers

Jan 21, 2018

We are always so grateful for the connections and friendships we make along the way with Willo Cricket Bats.

Over the past 18 months we have met the most generous, creative and supportive people wanting to support Will’s little business and to help make a difference. We have travelled to beautiful communities and been humbled by the support around the exhibitions showcasing the artwork and artists.

The care and awareness continues to inspire us. Willo has grown from an idea to now working with 180 artists and creatives from around Australia, China and the USA. We have exhibited and sold close to 120 cricket bats that have been recycled and featured on TV, radio and print media. Willo has held 3 Exhibitions in Bowral, St Kilda and Kiama with over 600 people in attendance and enjoyed the stunning creativity that has come from art, sport and disability.

So the journey continues.

We were recently contacted by someone wanting to remain nameless, who is now a friend to the Willo family, to share the paddles from the Dragon Boaters and Outriggers. They have come from Ballina, Wollongong and Jervis Bay and we are being slowly and thoughtfully connected with this wonderful community around Australia.

The desire to hear Wills story and understand what he and we are trying to achieve continues to be humbling.

We had the opportunity to go paddling with the Nowra Water Dragons at Callala Bay and the experience was one we will not forget too soon. We are certainly connected now as we have been to cricket for so many years.

The paddles have been transported to Wills workshop and we will soon begin the process of restoring these beautiful pieces of timber for our artists to create their magic.


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