Room to Read
Shane Watson has been a Champion of the ICC-Room to Read initiative since the beginning of the partnership during ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Through this association with Room to Read, Shane has been instrumental in advocating the causes of spreading literacy and gender equality in education, a pressing issue in key cricket-playing countries across the Sub-Continent.
Shane has made special efforts to take out time from his busy schedule during visits to the Sub-Continent be it at the ICC CWC 2011, IPL, ICC World T20 Sri Lanka and most recently during the 2014 ICC World T20 in Bangladesh to interact with underprivileged children and share light moments with them.
During the ICC World T20 in 2012 Shane inaugurated a Room to Read library in Colombo and spent time meeting the children and reading with them.
Most recently during the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh Shane spent time with local school students inspiring them to keep motivated to achieve their life dreams.
He has also been instrumental in raising funds for Room to Read by auctioning cricket memorabilia and donating his time to the cause.
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I am just so grateful and honoured to be able to continue on the legacy of Jane McGrath as an official Foundation Friend. I was extremely privileged to get to know Jane through her soul mate, Glenn.
During Glenn's last international tour for Australia in 2007, I spent a lot of time with Glenn talking about all things in life and there were a couple of things that really stood out in my mind during the time we spent together.
The first one was how unbelievably positive Glenn was with all aspects of life, as he always saw the positive side to every situation. The second was the amazing strength that Jane had to continue her ongoing battle with cancer.
Glenn told me about the difficulties that both he and Jane had trying to deal with everything that went with fighting the horrific disease and how Jane's breast care nurse made such an amazing difference to both of their lives.
So this was both Jane and Glenn's dream, to provide a breast care nurse for every woman fighting breast cancer in Australia, to make the burden of fighting breast cancer that little bit easier.
My role as an official Friend of the McGrath Foundation is to continue to help to turn Jane and Glenn's dream into reality.
CURE FOR MND FOUNDATION
Shane is proud to be an ambassador for the Cure for MND Foundation. Shane went into bat for Cure for MND during the 2015 Cricket World Cup donating $200 for every 4 he scored, $300 for every six and $300 for each wicket.
The Cure for MND foundation is a 100% not-for-profit foundation established in 2014. The aim of this wonderful foundation is to raise the profile of Motor Neurone Disease within Australia and abroad in the hopes that increased awareness may lead to not only better care for those affected by the disease, but also increased funding for vital research into finding a cure.
The foundation was set up by Doctor Ian Davis. Ian is 37 years of age and was diagnosed with MND in 2011 at age 34. Ian is (before being forced to quit because of mobility issues) a doctor in Melbourne who worked at Peter MacCallum as a Haematologist specialising in leukemia and lymphoma.
Shane donated $6,200 to the Cure for MND Foundation during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.