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Desert Springs to host Botham’s charity challenge

7.45am 21st August 2007 - People

Sir Ian Botham’s very own Charity Golf Classic will be played at ‘Beefy’s’ home course, the Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club ( in Almeria, Spain, from 11-13 October, 2007, to raise funds for Leukaemia Research.

A host of sporting celebrities and legends from the world of golf, football, athletics, cricket, rugby and entertainment have confirmed their attendance of the event, presented by CGTV Games Ltd and sponsored by Java Trading Company, the high quality coffee specialist.

Sir Viv Richards, Nasser Hussain, Steve Cram, Peter Baker, Gordon Brand Jnr., Paul Way, Malcolm MacKenzie, Phil Golding, Mark Davies, Roger Chapman, Steve Richardson, Matt Dawson, Mark Williams, Jimmy Case, Vinny Samways and Ronan Keating are just some of the keen celebrities and professional sportsmen who have accepted the invitation to help their amateur teams of three to compete for this year’s trophy, playing 36 holes of golf over two days.

Martin Symington, managing director of Java Trading Company, says, “The Sir Ian Botham Charity Golf Classic gives us the opportunity to support ‘Beefy’s’ charity, Leukaemia Research, while at the same time competing in two days’ competitive golf over Europe’s only desert golf course, with a prestigious list of sporting celebrities and like-minded golfers. This is a highly social event and the hospitality at Desert Springs is outstanding.”

Sir Ian Botham comments, “Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club is a place close to my own heart and, I think, the best family retreat in Europe. The commitment of my sporting celebrity friends, who are giving up their time for the Charity Classic, and the enthusiasm of the sponsors and players who have entered the event will guarantee great golf, fun and friendship. Most of all, we will raise much needed funds for Leukaemia Research, of which I am president.”

Desert Springs’ director of golf, Simon Coaker, adds, “To have Java Trading Company as an event sponsor confirms the growing maturity of the Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club. The positive response received from entrants to the Charity Classic has been overwhelming, with demand outstripping supply. All entrants and supporters can certainly expect a warm welcome and an excellent event.”

The event programme includes one practice round and two competitive rounds of golf on the Championship Indiana Course. Participants will enjoy two nights’ luxury accommodation at The Lodge at Desert Springs. The event culminates with a celebrity gala dinner and entertainment, including a chance to bid for ‘money can‘t buy‘ auction items. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Leukaemia Research.

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