Who we are

About lend a hand to hugo

We are an Australian charity based in Tasmania that is committed to improving the lives of children on the autism spectrum and those with a disability.

We raise awareness. We advocate for inclusion. We promote understanding. Our focus is not only the child with the diagnosis, but their families, their educators, the carers and health professionals who all contribute to their lives every day.

Our mission is simple. To inspire the autism and disability community to fulfil their unique potential, and provide opportunities for them to be an understood and valued part of the wider community through sport.

Our All Abilities Sporting Programs are the cornerstone of what we do. They ensure every child is included, celebrated and given the opportunity to develop in a positive environment that is built around them and not the other way around.

Hugo and Luke

Our timeline


  • Lend a Hand to Hugo is founded in aid of Hugo Barrett

  • Founder Luke Williams and his teammates begin fundraising by earning donations for every run they score during the cricket season

  • 100+ Lend a Hand to Hugo stickers distributed to Tasmania cricketers to help raise awareness

  • Charity raises $2000 to provide Hugo Barrett with 30 hours of therapy


  • Ambassador partnership with AFL star Ben Brown begins

  • Media relationship with Cricket Australia begins

  • Our inaugural All Star Bash charity cricket match is played

  • Donation Box program and fundraising shoelaces are launched

  • Lend a Hand to Hugo’s community work is recognised at the Pride of Australia awards

  • Friends School students ‘lace up’ their school shoes in unity for autism awareness


  • We begin our education workshop program

  • The charity appears on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 program

  • We launch ‘I will lend a hand’ campaign via video that reaches 34,501 viewers

  • The charity assists 10 families



  • Lend a Hand to Hugo features on ABC News Breakfast

  • We provide a lucky beneficiary with a one on one football session with ambassador Ben Brown

  • Our first All Abilities AFL Auskick program is delivered to 27 participants