A National Backyard Cricket program has funded 52 regional libraries, including Harvey and Australind

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Kasper JohansenHarvey-Waroona Reporter

An unlikely partnership has led to 52 regional libraries securing funding from games of backyard cricket being played across the country.

The Shire of Harvey has seen both Australind and Harvey libraries collect funding from the National Backyard Cricket program.

Australind library received a $1200 grant and will use the funds to purchase new laptops for its Coding Club program.

Harvey library will focus its $500 grant on community projects which include gardening, arts and crafts, word processing and photography.

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Shire of Harvey president Paul Gillett said the Shire’s libraries offered a range of services to the community for children and parents.

“This funding will support our libraries to continue offering programs and activities for the entire community,” he said.

The initiative, established by The LBW Trust, saw NBC partner with Friends of Libraries Australia and international tertiary education projects.

LBW Trust chair David Vaux said National Backyard Cricket day was an opportunity for families and communities to come together.

“We are so thrilled we can support local libraries as we know they have a powerful impact on learning and life outcomes,” he said.

The initiative ran through January when 125 games of cricket were played and more than $125,000 was raised.

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