Cricket legend Ian Botham brings walks for good cause to the Bay
ENGLISH cricket legend Sir Ian “Beefy” Botham went in to bat for charity yesterday when he made his way through the streets of Port Elizabeth for Beefy’s Rainbow Nation Challenge charity walk.
And overcast conditions and brief bursts of rain were no match for the spirited 60-year-old England cricket legend.
“I’ve been here [in Port Elizabeth] many times before and it’s a lovely city.
“Cape Town was also one of my favourite stops, but I am really looking forward to visiting Soweto in the days to come as well as going on a safari,” Botham said.
Botham walked 15km, starting at the Food Lovers Market in Figtree and ending at the Boardwalk Hotel in Summerstrand.
Botham’s daughter, Sarah, 28, and about 50 crew members accompanied the former England all-rounder.
Botham has a scheduled stop in Durban, before moving onto Johannesburg and ending in Pretoria.
The walks are in aid of charity, an act of kindness by Botham for many years.
He attributes his success on the charity front to his exploits on the cricket field.
“The reason I can do the fundraising is because I did so well on the cricket field.
“That has been my springboard to the success I have had in raising funds for the various charities around the world,” Botham said.
Four South African charities were chosen as beneficiaries – Nazareth House in Cape Town, Kliptown Youth Programme, The Waitrose Foundation and the Chipembere Rhino Foundation.
Chipembere Rhino Foundation founder Brent Cook, 44, and the organisation’s first anti-poaching dog took part in the walk.
Cook said: “It’s an amazing event. The awareness it brings and support we get will go a long way to making our jobs a little easier.”
Money raised across the country will be equally shared between the charities.