Beefy Walks the Rainbow Nation in aid of orphans and rhinos

Beefy Walks the Rainbow Nation in aid of orphans and rhinos

In December 2015, ex-England cricketer and icon, Sir Ian Botham aka Beefy will walk across South Africa to raise money for four charities. Botham, his crew and supporters will cover a distance of 160 kilometres over eight stages, commencing on December 10 in the Western Cape (Llandudno, Cape Town and Stellenbosch), before passing through Port Elizabeth and Durban en route to Gauteng (Soweto and Johannesburg), with the last leg ending in Pretoria on December 17. The walk will celebrate Beefy’s 60th birthday and the 30th anniversary of his first fundraising walk from John O’Groats to Lands End in 1985. Commenting on December’s Rainbow Nation Challenge in the Dailymail earlier this year, Beefy said: “South Africa has always been a country close to my heart, I love the culture, the people, the scenery the wine and the safari.” All monies raised will be equally divided between four deserving local charities close to Beefy’s heart: Nazareth House (CT), the Waitrose Foundation, the Kliptown Youth Programme and the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF). The CRF was established in 2010 to protect and preserve the critically endangered African Black rhino, of which only 4,800 survive, and near-threatened African White rhino of which only 20,000 remain, as poaching levels reach crisis point. Between 2000 and 2013, 2700 rhinos were slaughtered, with another 1215 rhino butchered in 2014. According to the last official statistics from the Department of Environmental Affairs (27 August 2015), 749 rhinos have already been poached this year. Established by Brent and Chantelle Cook, along with business partner Paul Naudé, CRF is a NGO run by volunteers. It specialises in continuously sourcing, testing...

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