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  • November 21, 2016

    Save the date for the Annual LBW Trust Dinner 11th March 2017 with special guest Wasim Akram

    The LBW Trust is thrilled that Wasim Akram has agreed to be the chief guest at the annual fund-raising dinner at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 11, 2017.

    Wasim is considered by many pundits to be the greatest left-arm fast bowler of all time. Mentored by Imran Khan, Wasim mastered ever aspect of fast seam and swing bowling. For those with a love of statistics Wasim captured 414 wickets at 23.6 in 104 Test matches and a phenomenal 502 wickets at 23.52 in limited-over international matches. He captained Pakistan in 25 Tests.

    A charismatic soul and gifted public speaker Wasim will be accompanied by his Australian wife Shaniera who heads the Akram Foundation. He will be in conversation with Mike Coward.

    As a guest of the LBW Trust for International Woman’s week Dr Kakenya Ntayia, will give a powerful insight into her life and dreams. A proud Maasai woman who has defied all odds, broken all the rules, and gained an education, she made an extraordinary bargain with her father at the age of 7 not to marry but to go to school. Today she is seen as a global light and visionary in education for a better world.

    The evening will be hosted by Stephanie Brantz, Australian sports presenter. Stephanie began her television career in 2000 on SBS, and has since worked on the Nine Network, Fox Sports and is now on ABC.

    Please save the date for what promises to be a very entertaining and insightful evening and help the LBW Trust in the continued funding of tertiary education for disadvantaged students in cricket’s developing world.

    If you are wanting to enquire about booking a table please email Ron Holmes at rwhlbw@yahoo.com.au

     

  • November 14, 2016

    Dr Kakenya Ntaiya to visit Australia for International Women's Day, 2017

    The LBW Trust, with the support of Qantas and Accor hotels, is bringing educational visionary and international women's rights advocate Dr Kakenya Ntaiya to Australia for International Women's Week 2017. Dr Ntaiya is an amazing Kenyan Maasai woman who defied the odds, broke all the rules, and gained an education, a PhD and is now building an international foundation to educate girls and women in Kenya.
     
    "I’m helping girls who cannot speak for themselves. Why should they go through the hardships I endured? They’ll be stepping on my shoulders to move up the ladder—they’re not going to start on the bottom."
     
    As a Maasai village girl, Kakenya was engaged to be married when she was 5 and would have ended her schooling at age 12 if not for an extraordinary bargain she made with her father at the age of just 7. She would undergo the Maasai tribal ritual of circumcision if he would allow her to finish school. Dr Ntaiya did not know then what FGM was, nor how lucky she would be to survive it. Now she has set up a school where the parents must agree that their girls will not be subjected to these rituals, and that they will not be married before they finish school.
     
    The first of these students to complete high school will graduate in 2017, with the LBW Trust fundraising to send 30 of these young women to university in Kenya. Dr Ntaiya is coming to Australia as a guest speaker for International Women’s Day in 2017 to share her vision about the power of education.
     
    "Of all the girls we have right now, 235 girls, none of them will ever be mutilated. Over the last two years we have sent 55 girls to the best national schools, secondary schools in the country. I look at the girls I have in my school and it's one of the most satisfying thing making somebody happy, making somebody know and believe that what they actually dream in life can actually become a reality so it's a joy."
     
    The LBW Trust is proud to be working with Dr Ntaiya and her students to dream and make their dreams a reality, and in doing so, slowly start to change communities, the role of girls and women and give them opportunities, hope and inspiration for a better world.
     
    Dates and events for Kakenya’s Tour.
    Monday 6th March – Canberra Tuesday 7th–10th March – Sydney
    Details on her schedule will be posted shortly.
    For more details: Elizabeth Garrett: elizabeth@battingforchange.com.au