Want to join Sir Ian for adventure of a lifetime trekking in Sri Lanka? Bid in our charity auction

A LUCKY City A.M. reader has the chance to join England’s greatest cricket hero Sir Ian Botham for the adventure of a lifetime as he stages his latest epic walk for charity – through the jungles of Sri Lanka.

The City A.M. reader who wins the auction can join Sir Ian, and his many celebrity friends who will be taking part, for as much or as little of the walk as he or she wishes. Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk takes place from 1-8 November and the auction winner will receive complimentary flights to Sri Lanka, courtesy of SriLankan Airlines, and hotel accommodation and meals in Sri Lanka.

After the Tsunami of 2004, which devastated parts of the country, killed 35,000 people and displaced over 500,000, Sir Ian went to Sri Lanka, on behalf of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. He saw how the creation of a sports-based project in the town of Seenigama could play a significant role in the rebuilding of the community and since then Laureus has worked with the Foundation of Goodness there to achieve that.

Now, following the ending of the country’s civil war, Laureus, working again with the Foundation of Goodness, is supporting the creation of a second project, this time in the town of Mankulum, in the north of the country, helping children from the two communities to play sport together and to learn to live in harmony.

Sir Ian said: “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 projects and the work of Laureus.”

Sir Ian Botham is a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a unique association of the greatest living sports legends, who volunteer their time to support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Since its inception, more than €60m has been raised and more than 1.5m young people have received help. Currently Laureus supports more than 140 sports-based programmes in 34 countries.

Among the supporters of Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk are the official travel partner SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka Tourism, Paradise Vacations UK and Grange Hotels.

This exclusive place in Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk is up for auction now at www.laureus.com/Beefy until Sunday 14 July. You can make as many bids as you like.