October 25, 2013
Australian cricket legends Allan Border and Steve Waugh are to join old rival Sir Ian Botham as he attempts to cross Sri Lanka on foot to raise funds for charity.
This means the Beefy Walk will now boast TWO of the greatest ever Australian cricket captains amongst the walkers.
Allan Border scored 11,174 Test runs, a world record until passed by Brian Lara in 2005. He remains in sixth position in the all-time list, one ahead of Waugh on 10,927.
Steve, a Laureus Academy Member and the most successful captain in the history of Test cricket with 41 wins in 57 Tests, said: “Ian Botham was a fierce rival and the ultimate competitor on the cricket field and he has transferred that same energy and determination into these amazing walks for the benefit of numerous charities. I have strong personal links with the sub-continent and in particular India through my philanthropic work so I am very happy to be contribute what I can to this innovative and exciting project.
“Like Ian I’m also a passionate and determined supporter of the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and as a Laureus Academy Member I look forward to joining Beefy for a few days of the Big Beefy Walk. I know he’ll set a cracking pace and would love nothing more than to break an Aussie down, so I’ll try my best to keep up to his pace. I’ve also got no doubt there will be plenty of Ashes sledging going on between the two of us as we walk with the next Ashes Series due to begin in a few weeks’ time.”
Over the years, Waugh has also shown that he believes in using sport for development to help the deprived and underprivileged and he has backed those beliefs in India in a determined and practical way at Nivedita Bhavan, a home built to house the children of lepers in Udayan, Calcutta, making regular visits and helping to raise funds.
Funds raised from Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk, staged with the backing of SriLankan Airlines and Sri Lanka Tourism, will go to help sports-based community projects, including those operated by the Foundation of Goodness in Sri Lanka with the support of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.