SriLankan Airlines becomes part of Beefy's final charity walk
January 2018


Sanjeeva Jayatileke, SriLankan Airlines, Manager Australia with Sir Ian Botham and team members

SriLankan Airlines, was the sponsor of the Australian leg of Sir Ian Botham's famed charity walk "Beefy' Trek Down Under". The Airline facilitated Sir Botham and his team's journey from London to its newest connectivity addition, Melbourne via its Colombo hub.

Having retired from international cricket 32 years ago, the 62-year old cricket legend wanted his trainers to take part in a walk across Australia. It has been recorded, that two of his last walks have been in Sri Lanka and South Africa. "Beefy' Trek Down Under" was the final in the series of 18 charity walks which consisted of four mini walks held in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide with hundreds of supporters trailing with him through picturesque terrains.

SriLankan Airlines first extended its co-operation to Sir Botham in 2013 during Beefy's Big Sri Lanka Walk which garnered much public interest given the opportunity it offered to walk alongside many national and international cricket legends to support a worthy cause. His walk spanned 160 miles in eight days starting from Kilinochchi in the North to Galle in the South of Sri Lanka to raise funds for the underprivileged children in the country.

Sir Botham was first inspired to walk for charity following an emotional encounter with a group of children suffering from leukaemia during one of his visits to the hospital. The proceeds of Beefy's Walks, which reached 30 million pounds with the conclusion of the final walk, are utilised for leukaemia research, the fight against Type 1 Diabetes and autoimmune diseases.

 

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    Sir Ian Botham with a group of participants of ‘Beefy’ Trek Down Under’

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