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Where Theres A Will ~ Bunbury Exhibiton
November 14, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - December 6, 2021 @ 10:30 pm
Thanks to my dear artist/friend Shawn Ardoin (based in USA) and my curiosity as to why he was painting an Australian Cricket Bat ~ I was lucky enough to learn about an inspiring young boy called Will diagnosed with autism and his organization ‘Where There’s A Will’. After watching their incredible & beyond inspiring story on ‘A Current Affair’ – I was hook, line, and sinker all the way and immediately reached out to Ange Clarke (CEO and beautiful mum of Will) asking to participate in Will’s special cricket bat journey…
Lucky me, Ange said yes and also invited me to be a part of their next exhibition, based in Bunbury. Of course l didn’t have to think twice before saying yes – and once l learn more details as to ‘when’ and ‘where’ the next exhibition will take place, I will be sure to share with everyone.
In the meantime, I’ve received my sanded down cricket bat and have to get a move on, to create a very special Soul Stories for it…
Watch this space…
And a massive thank you Ange Clarke!
Thank you to allow Soul Stories to be a part of your journey, which l feel is simply parallel to Soul Stories heart journey – same same but different, creating more kindness, compassion, empathy, and inclusion in the world. We can never have enough, gentle reminders, one person at a time… xt
“We are also known as Willo and we have a clear purpose.
To inspire and influence inclusion for people who live with intellectual challenges… through connection.”
People with intellectual challenges constitute a group at a very high risk of exclusion at a community level. They are often denied opportunities to fully participate in the activities of their communities because they are seen as not able: they are seen as disabled.
Willo inspires artists and community members to paint cricket bats that have been refurbished by people living with intellectual challenges. These communities are brought together through cricket and art, realised through cricket bat art exhibitions.
The exhibitions create an opportunity to connect which has the potential to change individual behaviours and perceptions of inclusion at all levels in the community.
100% of funds raised from the exhibitions create community-owned, community-driven and community-managed services for “all abilities” in the community. A place for people to feel they truly belong and a place they feel they can connect, learn, and be supported by and with their community.
Willo has lived just this experience for 24 years and we understand that belongingness; our connection to our friends and our community, is a fundamental human emotional need.