SA Police are proud to support our online auction and Operations Inspector, Yorke Mid North Local Service Area, Inspector Mark Collise said “This is a great initiative in forging partnerships and working together with this community. I encourage members of the public to get behind this auction and be generous for this great cause”. The online auction of this cricket bat co-signed by the Commissioner of Police and Captain of the West End Redbacks cricket team, Travis Head begins on 14 October and concludes on 14 November 2020 and all funds raised will support our Willo partner Yorke Peninsula Leisure Options (YPLO).
During our Warooka Bats for Will Exhibition in 2019, SA Police General Duties Member Senior Constable Adam Meyer joined the team of Yorke Peninsula artists and created two beautiful cricket bat artworks. His pieces featured striking photographs and showcased his passion for local landscape photography and disability awareness.
During the 2019 Warooka exhibition, $8000 was raised for YPLO and the disability service purchased new individual workbenches for the Wood Shed team and new desks for their centre based activities. One of SC Meyer’s artworks featured a SAPOL cage car stationed on the iconic Flaherty’s Beach between Point Turton and Hardwicke Bay on the Yorke Peninsula and recent additions to this cricket bat is the inclusion of the signature of the Commissioner of Police and Captain of the South Australian ‘West End Redbacks’ cricket team, Travis Head.
SC Meyer’s cricket bat will be auctioned through our partnership with YPLO as we seek to unite communities in the fight against isolation and lack of choice for people with disabilities. The highest bidder throughout the month (14 October- 14 November 2020) will win the signed cricket bat with all funds from the winning bid provided directly to YPLO.
Funds raised will be used to support YPLO’s outstanding service of providing diverse learning opportunities to community members living with a disability. YPLO is a service delivered through Yorke Peninsula Council which delivers centre-based activities, social support and transport to people who have age related health issues and for people with disabilities. As part of their ongoing work, clients of YPLO now restore old donated cricket bats which are then distributed to artists all around Australia for Where There’s A Will art exhibitions.
Where’s There’s A Will board member and Yorke Peninsula local, Robyn Clasohm explains “One of the most rewarding aspects of coordinating the Warooka Bats for Will exhibition was getting to know the generous local artists like Adam and forming friendships with the YPLO members. The diverse and talented team at YPLO are nothing short of incredible and they inspire us all, showing us the ability in disability and the immeasurable benefits that come from new friendships and community inclusion”.
Tanya Walsh, Manager, YPLO commented that the online auction will provide recognition of the Wood Shed members and will continue to support “an inclusive environment where everyone is encouraged to have a go, learn new skills and become confident in woodworking”.
The cricket bat was handed over by SAPOL to Where There’s A Will on Tuesday October 13 and bids will be accepted from 14 October until 14 November 2020.
Bids are to be received by email – email@example.com At the end of each week, bidders will be notified of the highest bid (via email) and will be given the opportunity to re-bid.