Sir Ian Botham raising funds for SA Charities

Legendary former English test cricketer Sir Ian Botham, fondly known as ‘Beefy’, will be putting on his trainers and setting off on foot from Llandudno in the Western Cape, and trekking all along the coast to Durban, eventually ending up in Pretoria to raise funds for four local charities.

“This is an initiative that we started on our last tour with Sri Lanka,” said Botham.

The idea is that we will raise money for charities in the area where we are.”

“‘Walking the rainbow nation’ is a precursor for the cricket test series that starts in Durban on Boxing Day.”

“I will be walking from the 10-17 December which is eight days of walking.”

Botham’s daughter Sarah and her team have selected the four charities who will be recipients of the raised funds:

Nazareth House Cape Town is a Non-Profit-Organisation (NPO) with facilities in Vredehoek and Elsies River. Nazareth House aims to provide a loving, stable and secure home environment for abandoned, neglected, disabled and orphaned children. Many are the victims of poverty and abusive homes.

The Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) is a registered Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organization comprising of a dedicated team of conservation specialists committed to assisting in the protection and conservation of Africa’s rhino.

Avanatta works hard developing software that protects the vulnerable and in particular children from cyber-bullying and cyber-predators online. Many of the charities supported by the Beefy Foundation safeguard children and we hope that by being part of this walk and by meeting schools, parents and children alike we will increase awareness of the new-age risks associated with global social networking and by doing so show a safe way to enjoy the digital mobile revolution.

KYP, Kliptown Youth Program, was founded by a small group of inspired and passionate young people from Kliptown. They are dedicated to making a difference in their community. They provide educational support and afterschool activities for the disadvantaged children of this township.

“I am really looking forward to coming back to South Africa, a country I love and have spent a lot of time in, to complete my next walk,” said former England cricketer, Sir Ian Botham.

“It will be a challenge, those hills of Cape Town, the heat of Johannesburg and having to walk past those wineries with out sampling any!! I am excited about walking in Soweto, a place I have not been to for many years. 4 fantastic charities are benefitting from the project and we have great support from our sponsors, which is so important to making these events happen.”

The route for Botham’s walk is as follows:

  • Day 1 – 10th December – From The Table Bay Hotel to Llandudno beach.  Sir Ian will walk through Camps Bay  with the most amazing view of Table mountain. We are hoping for John Barnes to join in along with the SA British High Commissioner.
  • Day 2 – 11th December – 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.
  • Day 3 – 12th December – 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 …
  • Day 4 – 13th December – 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!
  • Day 5 – 14th December – Durban – details to be confirmed.
  • Day 6 – 15th December – 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.
  • Day 7 – 26th December – Johannesburg – Makaya Ntini is joining the walkers on this day and the walk finishes at the Mazlow hotel – this is The Waitrose Foundation day.
  • Day 8 – Pretoria – the final day in the capital, the walkers finish in Church Square.

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The walk will be open to 120 Day Walkers in each location – sign up here to join Sir Ian Botham.

For those wanting to do the whole walk, please contact our expert travel partner Africa Travel for more information on 020 7843 3500 or by emailing info@africatravel.co.uk.

For more details on this project please contact Sarah Botham, sarah@solaevents.com

After the walk finishes Sir Ian will be going to The Palace at Sun City for a Post Walk Party.

On the 19th he flies to the bush for 24 hours for a bush walk organised with vehicles to highlight the Rhino and conservation side of the charities he is supporting.

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