Belinda Eckermann is storing away old cricket bats, but don't expect them to grace the pitch again anytime soon.
The Rainbow-based artist plans to repurpose the bats as works of art and auction them off to raise money for people living with disabilities.
Ms Eckermann first became involved with the Willo Industries initiative during an art residency in Warooka, South Australia.
"They were doing it while I was over there and I thought I might as well just do a bat," she said.
"When I came back I sent Ange, who is the mother behind it all, a message and she rang me within two minutes, and she was bawling her eyes out. She was so ecstatic that I offered Rainbow to be a Willo community."
Willo Industries was started by Bowral's Ange Clarke to help teach her son Will skills through refurbishing cricket bats. Will, now 23-years-old, lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has worked with over 400 artists worldwide to transform the old bats into pieces of art.
Rainbow will add its name to a list of hosts that includes the International Cricket Hall of Fame when it proudly exhibits the redecorated bats.
"For us, it's about awareness and understanding and inclusion. What we're about is trying to engage a community through cricket bats and create a better understanding around inclusion for those living with disabilities," Ms Clarke said.
"We've worked across a number of communities, and it always takes one person to take this on, and Belinda is definitely that person.
"I am completely overwhelmed with how incredibly strong Rainbow is. It's really a one-off community. It's incredible."
Ms Eckermann is hopeful more bats flow in for a worthy cause.
"I currently have 30 artists waiting for a bat, and that's going to increase."
"We don't have a huge disability community here, but every now and then there is someone who needs help, and if we can have something set up here to support that, that would be great."
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