Beating poverty with a cricket bat
by Chris Hunter
A 21-YEAR-OLD student,
entrepreneur and cricket fan is aiming to hit poverty for six with
a specially designed cricket bat.
Charlie Munton, of Grange
Hill, Plaxtol, has launched charity cricket bat manufacturer
Bat4Africa and pledged to donate all profits to Street Child
Africa, a charity which helps children in sub-Saharan
Currently studying economics
at Durham University, Charlie has always had an entrepreneurial
spirit, starting his first cricket bat company, Black Cat, at the
age of 16, selling bats to amateurs and professionals around the
He launched Caprice Cricket
as an umbrella company in 2012, and has now decided to use his
success and skills for charitable means.
Charlie’s idea was to have a
top-quality grade-one willow cricket bat manufactured at cost price
and painted with African artwork.
He hopes to capitalise on the
start of the cricket season, selling the stylish bats from website
www.bat4africa.com until the end of June.
They retail at £250, with a
minimum of £80 from each bat sold being donated to the
He said: "With the Ashes this
summer, we saw an opportunity to sell a top-quality product and
raise much-needed funds.
"The money from this project
will go a long way to changing these children’s lives."
executive director at Street Child Africa, said: "Children on the
streets are vulnerable with no shelter and no responsible adult to
"Most have escaped to the
streets because of extreme poverty, serious illness or death of a
parent and family breakdown.
"The profit donated from Bat4Africa will be given to
Street Child Africa so that street children are not alone and have
an opportunity to be safe, learn and find joy again. When you
purchase your Bat4Africa bat, you will helping us to make this
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