Aberdeenshire Council employee Charlie Shaw has received a welcome donation of 200 books prior to embarking on a 4000 mile journey.
The expedition by Charlie and his team will provide educational and medical supplies to the African state of Gambia.
In this very poor country, education is look upon as a gift and not a right.
The government invests very little in education and many of the schools rely on charitable donations to provide buildings, classroom equipment, stationary and even payment for teachers.
The team are supporting the charity Shine Africa- The Gambia, who support and fund three schools in the country.
Their journey by Land Rover will take them through Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and into the Gambia, where they will deliver the much needed equipment to the charity.
They will also donate the vehicles to the local medical centres, where they will be used to transport people from remote villages to obtain aid. The team will then fly home.
Charlie told the Leader and Observer that they would continue working with Mackie Academy, while thanking them for the books.
He added: “The donation of over 200 books by Mackie is a fantastic gift to the children of the Gambia and Shine Africa are appealing to all schools to get involved.
“We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with Mackie Academy and would like to thank the school’s eco-committee for facilitating the collection of these books.”