Former cricket captain of England and the cricket commentator Sir Ian Botham will begin his eight day walk across Sri Lanka Friday.
The 160 kilometer walk will begin on November 01 from Mankulam in the Northern Province and it will end on November 08 at Seenigama in Southern Province where he will open a sports center.
Sri Lanka's national cricketers Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, and Muttiah Muralitharan will join Sir Botham at different points of the walk.
The walk aims to raise funds to provide facilities and services to meet the needs of rural areas of Sri Lanka in the aftermath of 30 years of conflict for the Indian Ocean Disaster Relief (IODR) charity established in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Botham initiated his social work in Sri Lanka immediately after the tsunami on December 26, 2004.
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 which works to improve the lives of children around the world.
In Sri Lanka, the Foundation has two projects in Mankulam and in Seenigama. It caters for the housing, healthcare, educational, business development and empowerment needs of the local population through programs of sports, community development, inter-cultural activities, and skills exchanges.