Hitting poverty for six with a cricket bat

Bat4Africa’s limited-edition bats raise money for African street kids

As the Ashes series readies to kick off in July, a new non-profit project, Bat4Africa, is hoping its line of grade-one handcrafted willow cricket bats will score a run. Created in the UK by Black Cat and featuring artwork by cricket merchandise designer Marcus Charman, the limited-edition bats (£200) will support Street Child Africa, a charity working with 12 grassroots organisations across eight sub-Saharan countries – from Senegal to Zimbabwe – to protect homeless children.

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“Most are on the streets because of extreme poverty or the death of a parent,” says Street Child Africa’s executive director Anthony Morton-King, who will use the money raised to fund projects helping children back into education. One bat will provide three children with school equipment, including uniforms, shoes and bags.

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