Birthday boy ‘Beefy’ Botham’s final EVER charity walk to be for type 1 diabetes research

Posted on 24 November 2017

Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham is this winter to bring his heroic three decades of charity walks to an end – while raising funds for JDRF at a One Walk in Australia.

Ian Botham with his daughter Becky

Sir Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham is one of England’s finest ever cricket players, and is taking part in four JDRF One Walks in November and December. The last of these four will be his final charity walk.

Beefy is also celebrating his 62nd birthday during a JDRF One Walk in Brisbane on 24 November.

Beefy has taken part in his now-legendary walking fundraising challenges for 32 years, and estimates he has walked nearly 20,000 miles. He’s raised funds for various different causes.

His walking swansong will now help support JDRF and international type 1 diabetes research.

Type 1 diabetes is a cause close to Beefy’s heart as one of his two daughters, Becky, lives with type 1 diabetes. Becky has joined her father on his Australian tour.

Sir Ian said:

“As a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, I have seen the challenges and struggles of this condition first hand. I also have seen the massive improvements research has been able to deliver over the past 20 years. 

“So I am both proud and excited to play my part in helping generate more funds for type 1 diabetes research”.

This year, with Sir Ian’s help, JDRF Australia hopes to raise AUS$1.5 million to go towards JDRF’s ongoing work supporting people living with type 1 diabetes, and funding research into a cure.

Sir Ian and Becky is taking part in JDRF Australia One Walks in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney, from 19 November through to 3 December.

Sir Ian and Becky’s JDRF One Walks:

  • Melbourne: Sunday 19th November
  • Brisbane: Friday 24th November
  • Adelaide: Thursday 30th November
  • Sydney: Friday 3rd December