Willo started in 2018 with artists and communities wanting to paint the cricket bats refurbished by Will. They realised the incredible effect the bats had on a community and how they inspired connection and change resulting in inclusion for people living with intellectual disabilites.
As a result of the exhibitions in three of the communities, Willo has funded programs that have now achieved the long term results of our Charity work.
The Rainbow Innovation Centre: Supporting All Abilities Inc
The Rainbow Innovation Centre is a Willo funded and inspired program.
Rainbow in rural Victoria has a population of 700 with no services, businesses or accommodation for their residents living with disabilities.
The Exhibition was held with 90 artists with $10,000 raised. 25 families living with disabilities were connected as a result of the commitment to be a Willo Community. 25 families that were previously unknown.
The town has connected with Woodbine Inc, one of Victorias most innovative and successful disability services based 60kms away in Warracknabeal. Woodbine who provide additional mentoring and support. The Centre has also connected with the school, mens shed and other community programs.
The newly opened Innovation Centre offers learning, skill development and friendship around art, music and gardening and all the support teams are locals who are mentors to the members.
The Open Day was held on Tuesday 24th November just under 12months from the Exhibition, has 15 signed up members with 10 possible and was filmed by ABC Backroads last week.
The Robertson Community Garden Inc
The Robertson Community Garden is a Willo funded and inspired program.
Robertson has a population of 1200 with no services, businesses or accommodation for their residents living with disabilities. Robertson is part of the greater Southern Highlands that has services within surrounding towns. The services are all in isolation to the towns and the communities and its residents.
The exhibition was held with 53 artists, $15,000 raised and the evening was filmed by channel 7 and used to open the 2020 and 2021 Summer of Cricket on Channel 7.
The town has connected with all surrounding disability services, the local school, the Mens Shed, the Community Centre, all local businesses to create a Community Market Garden that has a brief to connect, teach, educate all people living with disabilities. To choose friendship and care.
The Community Presentation Day was held on Saturday the 21st November just over 12 months since the Exhibition. The garden will be operational in 2021 with all members of the community with no limitations to age, ability or disability.
YP Leisure Options
The Yorke Peninsula Leisure Options Program is a Council run amd managed service in the Southern Yorke Peninsula of SA. It has a broad population of approximately 15,000.
The exhibition was held with 45 artists, raised $8,000 and connected the community.
The funds raised went towards enhancing the existing services for people living with intellectual disabilites and importantly raised so much more awareness around inclusion, being more patient, more kind and more compassionate towards those who live differently to them.
A New Willo Initiative – The Last Over
The Last Over is an opportunity for every club in Australia to include players into the game if cricket who would not normally play consistently.
Where There’s A Will is joining with clubs throughout Australia to initiate The Last Over in 2021.
Find out how to become a Last Over Club