Education partnership with Pymble Ladies’ College

We are so pleased to have begun our social media training program with four students from Pymble Ladies’ College as part of our Education partnership with the Sydney school.

Over the next few months we’ll work with the group to teach them about social media for business, providing them with skills to develop content and understand the value of social media for stakeholder engagement.

Thank you Isobel, Lucinda, Sarah and Ayra for your time and enthusiasm working with us. We are so grateful to the College’s Principal – Vicki Waters, Director of Community Engagement – Kelly Mancey, and head of the Middle School – Tammy Rees-Davies, for enabling this wonderful opportunity.

The impact of the cricket pay dispute for female players

Shaun Martyn’s interview with ABC Radio’s Tracey Holmes

Weekly sports wrap with Tracey Holmes

FairBreak founder Shaun Martyn was a guest on ABC Radio’s The Ticket with Tracey Holmes to discuss the recent crisis in Australian cricket with a major pay dispute between Cricket Australia and players.

Listen to the full show for an interesting discussion, or head to 49:39 minutes into the show for Shaun’s interview where Tracey asks what this crisis means for Australia’s top women cricketers.

Shaun says, ‘female players pursuing a professional career in cricket may now be questioning the sacrifices and decisions they’ve made to represent their country … but there is hope in unity between male and female players, although athletes are athletes regardless of gender.’

Have a listen and tell us what you think.

Own a unique work from Aboriginal artist Merryn Apma

We are so pleased and excited to have had Merryn Apma produce a signature piece for us to auction at our recent Gala Dinner. The piece was purchased by Pymble Ladies’ College at our dinner on June 7 and now hangs proudly in the school. It tells the story of WICL/FairBreak and the image is one that will have an enduring place with everything that we do.

As a further development in our relationship with Merryn and her work she has given us access to the below pieces. Purchasing one of these pieces not only recognises the work Merryn is doing but also supports the wider endeavours of FairBreak/WICL in creating and encouraging opportunities for women.

“I’m very pleased to have my work associated with FairBreak/WICL. I’m committed at all times to creating opportunity for women not just here in Australia but all around the world,” says artist Merryn Apma.

If you’d like to purchase one of the following pieces then please contact us directly – shaun.martyn@wicl.org

 

My Mob Gathered along the Todd River $9500

Connections to Country Black and White $4200

Blooming Desert Roses $4200

Desert Clans and My Mob sitting on Country $4500 each

Connections to Country $6500 stretched

 

FairBreak uses digital platforms to enhance the community experience

At FairBreak we are excited to engage fans in the most innovative ways, bringing them the best of the game live as it happens, combined with the best of fan conversation. We see this as key to enhancing the overall experience while reinforcing the positive messages underpinning FairBreak.

We’re especially excited to be working with Twitter to embrace the innovations they are bringing to live sport – we look forward to exploring how the power of the platform can help us deliver new experiences and drive fan engagement around the WICL.

Connect with us @FairBreakGlobal #fairbreak

Merryn Apma, Aboriginal artist, donates work to our Gala Dinner

Merryn is a famous Aboriginal artist and powerful advocate for Aboriginal issues in the community. She was part of the Long Walk and has generously produced a signature piece of Art for us for the FairBreak and SolarBuddy Gala Dinner on June 7, 2017.

This piece tells our story. The inner circles represent Aboriginal women, women from arguably the oldest culture on earth, linked by the next level of circles representing sports to all women in the world. The outer circles represent women of all cultures.

We are so grateful and humbled by Merryn’s kindness in giving us this piece.

Merryn has kindly donated her artwork for the FairBreak and SolaBuddy Gala Dinner

Tickets to the Gala Dinner in Sydney on 7 June 2017 available here.

About Merryn

Merryn Apma is a highly influential Aboriginal artist who resides in Tilba NSW. Merryn opened an Aboriginal Art Gallery in August 2015 where she showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from all over Australia. A big heart within a tight knit community, Merryn has been a powerful leader for Aboriginal issues since the famous Long Walk led by former AFL footballer Michael Long from Melbourne to Canberra in 2004.

Talking ‘Pure Sport’ with SKINS Chairman, Jaimie Fuller

We’ve had the great pleasure and honour of working with Jaimie Fuller, Chairman of SKINS, who speaks about the relationship between SKINS and FairBreak/WICL in this video.

Jaimie has been instrumental in advocating a ‘pure sport’ ethos, promoting sport as clean, inclusive and free from corruption.

He was also recently a member of David Cameron’s European Commission investigating corruption in sport.

FairBreak and SolarBuddy Gala Dinner – June 7, 2017

FairBreak and SolarBuddy are holding a Gala Dinner at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney on Wednesday 7 June, 2017.

With the collaboration of a fantastic team of supporters including students from Pymble Ladies College, one of FairBreak’s education partners, this event will continue the work of creating Opportunity, Education and Performance for Women globally.

Players and celebrities from around the world have signed cricket gloves for the ‘Gloves Off for Opportunity’ auction, and revered aboriginal artist Merryn Apma has created a signature piece of art especially for this event.

Guests will enjoy a night hosted by co-MCs Sharn Bedi from {embrace} worldwide and Amy Graham from Pymble Ladies’ College, and performances from Pymble Ladies’ College.

A lively panel discussion with Vicki Waters (Principal, Pymble Ladies’ College), Jim Maxwell AM (legendary cricket commentator), Eugenie Buckley (Suiko Consulting), and Mary Konstantonopoulos (Clayton Utz, Ladies Who League) will also feature during the course of the evening.

Proceeds from this fundraising dinner will go towars the completion of our next FairBreak documentary episode to be filmed in Rwanda. This series highlights ‘Opportunity, Education and Performance’ for women and further reinforces our purpose of ‘Excellence driving Participation’.

Book your table or seats now: https://fairbreaksolarbuddy.eventbrite.com.au

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Solar Buddy and Fairbreak press release

SYDNEY, 17 January 2017:

Today at an event in Sydney a partnership was announced between Fairbreak and SolarBuddy which seeks to address Energy Poverty. FairBreak is an initiative that incorporates the Women’s International Cricket League (WICL) and exists to create opportunity, education and performance opportunities for women everywhere.

Simon Doble, CEO SolarBuddy said, “FairBreak is a natural partner for us. Our focus is about the education of Australian school children about energy poverty, renewable energy and global citizenship and how ending energy poverty will empower women and children in developing nations”.

FairBreak co-founder, Shaun Martyn, said, “Our partnership with SolarBuddy is an initiative that changes lives every day. The simple fact that our work in education and sport can be extended through this partnership is exciting for all of us. Simon and our team have big plans for 2017 – come and join us!”

This partnership has garnered global support from Arif Zaman, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) who said, “We emphasise our strong support for your work, which we see as one of the most innovative, impactful and inspirational in the gender and women’s economic empowerment space anywhere today.”

CBW is the only organisation focused on women’s leadership and economic empowerment recognised by 52 Governments across five continents.

Mr Sachin Bajaj, Executive Committee Member of the Cricket Club of India accepted a SolarBuddy solar powered light, symbolic of 600 similar lights which have been shipped to India and are waiting to be distributed.

“I am very honoured to accept these lights”, said Mr Bajaj. “It is just the start of a wonderful program for India”.

ACS Foundation Executive Director, Mr John Ridge AM, said “We are very pleased to be working with Solar Buddy and Fairbreak on these fantastic initiatives. In November we held a STEM event for 900 primary school students during which 600 Solar Buddy lights sponsored by the Australian Computer Society were assembled, as part of an educational and awareness exercise. The feedback from the schools involved has been very positive, and will lead to an attitudinal change, as students become more aware of the circumstances of others in the world, and the issues associated with energy poverty.”
Energy Poverty affects 20% of the world’s population, predominantly women and children. These lights will go to the Sri Ayyappan School in Bangalore and other communities in India that are off the grid. It is believed that 4.8 million people die each year as a result of energy poverty.

The announcement and presentation was made in front of several of FairBreak’s and Solar Buddy partners from education, government, the sporting world and corporate entities.
These included: The Edinburgh Business School, Pymble Ladies College, The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network, Symantec, Prof Shirley Randell AO, GeoffLawson OAM.

FairBreak and WICL welcome Saba Nasim as ambassador

We are very happy to announce that Saba Nasim has accepted a position of Ambassador with FairBreak/WICL.

Saba is British Pakistani cricket coach and a lawyer by profession. She has recently been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for services to cricket and young people in London. She was ecstatic on receiving the award and says it was a surprise for her and she was overwhelmed to receive the honour at such a young age.

Nasim has thanked the Chance to Shine charity, Essex County Cricket Board, her local cricket club, Wanstead CC and her parents for giving her the opportunity to become a coach and for supporting her through various cricket projects. She inherited her love for cricket from her Pakistani parents.

We thanks Saba for her support for FairBreak and WICL.

Looking back at 2016


The second half of 2016 was a period of great consolidation and development for FairBreak.

 Professor Shirley Randell, Mignon du Preez and Shaun Martyn spoke at an International Women’s Conference in Capetown. We established great partnerships with the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network and SolarBuddy and these build on the already strong relationships we have with Pymble Ladies’ College in Sydney and the Edinburgh Business School.
Lisa Sthalekar, Geoff Lawson and Shaun visited the Sri Ayyappan School in Bangalore as part of the support we provide and our partnership with SolarBuddy to help end energy poverty is a major CSR initiative that will be a continuous and long term focus of our work.
Look out for the new FairBreak website which will be launched very soon and we will update you throughout the year on all our initiatives continuing to advocate for Opportunity, Education and Performance for women.
The start of 2017 promises great things!