Two weeks to go!!
From the 1st to th 8th of November, England cricket legend and Laureus World Sports Academy Member Sir Ian Botham will cross Sri Lanka on his latest epic walk to raise funds for charity. Since the mid-1980s, Sir Ian has taken part in a series of high profile walks, including John O’Groats to Land’s End, the 9 Valleys in Wales and the Hannibal Walk in the Alps. David Roberts Physiotherapy has provided support through all these events and Beefy's Big Sri Lanka Walk is the next challenge. Final preparations are well under way.
Sir Beefy about his Sri Lanka adeventure, he said: “It’s probably one of the craziest walks I’ve ever taken on, 160 miles, it’ll be very hot, but great fun! I have really strong connections with Sri Lanka and I know if I can raise a lot of money it is going to do so much good for young people there.”
After the Tsunami of 2004, which devastated parts of the country, killed 35,000 people and displaced over 500,000, Sir Ian went to Sri Lanka, on behalf of Laureus, to assess the situation and see what could be done to help. He saw how the creation of a sports-based project in the town of Seenigama could play a significant role in the rebuilding of the community.
Since then Laureus has worked with the Foundation of Goodness in Sri Lanka to help build sports facilities and supply coaching for young people in the rural communities of the south around Seenigama. Here, sport has helped the region to recover its community spirit and rebuild lives, especially through the love of cricket.
Sir Ian paid tribute to the supporters and sponsors of the walk – SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka Tourism, Paradise Vacations UK, who will be providing packages for enthusiasts who want to join him for the Walk, with part of the proceeds going to Laureus, and Grange Hotels, who have been supporting all the planning stages and who will be continuing to support Laureus through Foundation for Goodness and the Murali Harmony Cup.
Ashes-winning Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh is the latest name to join the Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk this November.
He now joins a host of incredible cricket names who will be walking across parts of Sri Lanka to raise funds to ensure disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka and around the world have access to vital sports activities to help them improve their lives.
Head over to the official Beefy Sri Lanka Walk website for all the info and to donate. Our team will be with Sir Ian and all the walkers every step of the challenge, keep an eye out for further news here.