On Thursday 10 December Sir Ian “Beefy” Botham will embark on the first of 8 Walks to raise charity for four South African Charities. These walks will take place in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth, Soweto, Johannesburg and Pretoria and will mark the celebration of his 60th Birthday and the 30th anniversary of his first ever walk from John O’Groats to Lands End in 1985.
Sir Ian Terence Botham, OBE is a former England Test cricketer and Test team captain, and current cricket commentator. He was a genuine all-rounder with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket, and remains well known by his nickname “Beefy”. While at times a controversial player both on and off the field, Botham also held a number of Test cricket records, and until 17 April 2015 held the record for the highest number of wickets taken by an England bowler, when surpassed by James Anderson.
He is generally regarded as being England’s greatest ever all-rounder, particularly in Test cricket, although having earned celebrity status, his award of a knighthood was in recognition of his services to charity.
Just like fellow cricketers Denis Compton, Chris Balderstone and Arnold Sidebottom, Botham was also a talented footballer, and made 11 appearances in the Football League.
Botham was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2007 New Years Honours List and on 8 August 2009, was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
The Port Elizabeth walk by Beefy is on Sunday 13 December 2015: Port Elizabeth – down the coast, finishing at the Boardwalk hotel. Proceeds from this day’s walk will be going to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation.
If you would like to walk with Sir Ian into Port Elizabeth then R200 they allows you to join in the fun and walk – sign up here: https://www.webtickets.co.za/events/featured/join-beefy-walking-the-rainbow-nation/1458570959
The list of charities are:
- Nazareth House in CT
- Waitrose Foundation – marking its 10th anniversary this year, helps improve the lives of the workers and communities that supply Waitrose’s products from South Africa
- Kliptown Youth Project
- Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF)
Full Beefy Programme:
- 10 December – Day 1: From The Table Bay Hotel to Llandudno beach. This will be a spectacular finish as it is on the beach and is stunning, Sir Ian walks through Camps Bay with the most amazing view of Table mountain. We are hoping for John Barnes to join in along with the British High Commissioner in SA on this day.
- 11 December – Day 2: From Hout Bay to Tokai with Nazareth House. The walk goes over the back of the Mountain finishing at the Food Lovers Market in Tokai.
- 12 December – Day 3: From Kayamundi Primary School to Flagstone Winery. Starting at the primary school on top of a hill looking over Stellenbosch. The kids will be dancing and singing for the walkers who then walk to the winery where there will be a wine tasting and a few cheetahs roaming around.
- 13 December – Day 4: Port Elizabeth – down the coast, finishing at the Boardwalk hotel – where the Nelson Mandela Film Festival will be finishing the same day. This day is Chipembere’s so the tracking dogs will be with the walkers, a fun day!
- 14 December – Day 5: Durban – from the Springfield Food Lovers Market to the Umhlanga Pier.
- 15 December – Day 6: Soweto – the walk starts at Kliptown Youth Project, one of the charities, through the historic pasts of Soweto and finishing at Jabulani Mall, this will be an awesome day.
- 16 December – Day 7: Johannesburg – Makaya Ntini is joining the walkers on this day and the walk finishes at the Mazlow hotel – this is The Waitrose Foundation day.
- 17 December – Day 8: Pretoria – the final day in the capital, the walkers finish in Church Square.
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