Former England captain and cricketing legend Sir Ian “Beefy” Botham is once again putting on his trainers to hit the tarmac and walk for charity. This year’s Beefy Walking The Rainbow Nation marks the celebration of its 30th anniversary of his first ever walk from John O’Groats to Lands End in 1985, as well as his 60th birthday. The epic trek will take place in December around the country.
Sir Botham’s looking forward to his return to SA, a country he says he loves. “It will be a challenge, those hills of Cape Town, the heat of Johannesburg and having to walk past those wineries without sampling any! I am excited about walking in Soweto, a place I have not been to for many years. Four 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 four charities
Nazareth House: “Nazareth House is the oldest charity organisation (NPO) in South Africa – we have been caring for those in need for the past 130 years. We believe that with the contribution from Beefy Walking The Rainbow Nation we can implement a sustainable programme so that we can continue to do what we love most; caring for those in need.”
Kliptown Youth Project: “This walk is not only going to change lives of those in need, but also give the world the opportunity to learn about how our differences as people has managed to impact each others lives positively. We hope it will inspire our young children to be active members of the society and stand up against social issues affecting our communities. This initiative has challenged us to not only see situations as they come, but also to stand up as a community and find solutions to fight against any challenges that we may come across. We are very thankful to be partnered with such a extraordinary initiative and not only are we benefitting from this, but also the whole team who will be participating in this walk [and are] hoping to learn from us, which is what makes it all exciting. We exchange knowledge and finding solutions together in helping our society.”
Chipembere: “The funds raised from Beefy’s Rainbow Nation Walk will be greatly appreciated and beneficial to all the charities involved,” says Brent Cook of the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF). “The money allocated to CRF will go a long way in funding monitoring and tracking technology, APU equipment, and the introduction of K9 tracking and apprehension units, as well as enabling rhino translocation assistance across southern Africa, all of which contribute to the effective monitoring and protection of rhinos at privately-owned and governmental reserves.”
Waitrose: “We are proud that Sir Ian has chosen the Waitrose Foundation as one of the charities that will benefit from his walks. Our foundation, which is marking it’s 10th anniversary this year, helps improve the lives of the workers and communities that supply our products, including citrus fruits, avocados and wine. The foundation supports programmes that improve access to quality education, health facilities, community development and environmental sustainability.”