Sir Ian Botham is to take on one of his greatest challenges yet after the England cricket legend revealed plans to trek across Sri Lanka in another of his epic walks for charity.
The 60-year-old has embarked on a number of demanding walks in the name of raising money since the 1980s, including striding from John O’Groats to Land’s End and completing the Hannibal Walk across the Alps.
He may have already raised millions for cancer sufferers and researchers over the past few decades, but Botham is intent on helping even more people across the world - with Botham this time helping to rebuild communities in Sri Lanka, where the effects of the 2004 tsunami are still felt.
Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk will take place from November 1-8 and Botham expects it to pose the most an extreme test of his resolve given the heat and humidity he will encounter.
"It’s going to be like nothing I have ever attempted before. It’s going to be arduous in the extreme, with fierce heat in challenging tropical conditions," Botham said at the launch, which took place at the Grange Hotel in London.
"It’s a tough schedule to keep up, but I am determined to make a success of it. 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."
He added: "Sri Lanka is a country that has had many problems to cope with and I am delighted to do what I can to help. Funds raised from the walk will go to help the two Foundation of Goodness projects and the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation."
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara was also at the launch to lend his backing to the event, and has thanked Botham for giving so much to the people of his country.
"Ian has shown amazing friendship for the people of Sri Lanka over the years and everyone is delighted that he will be staging his next walk here," he said.
"The Foundation of Goodness does amazing work for young people and this has been recognised by Laureus who have given us such valuable support and encouragement over the years."
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