James hopes thumbs-up will get him out to Africa

James Timpany from New Hartley-hitchhiking to Ghana.
James Timpany from New Hartley-hitchhiking to Ghana.

A builder is planning to hitchhike thousands of miles across the world to raise money for an African orphanage.

James Timpany, of New Hartley, has challenged himself to raise as much money as possible for the Ghanaian Children’s Trust by getting to the African nation without spending a single penny or pesewa on travel.

James plans to get to the King Jesus Charity Home Orphanage in Kumasi using any form of transport except air travel.

The 46-year-old hopes to begin the 3,000-plus-mile trip, which could take up to six months to complete, next month, once he gets enough sponsorship and his first offer of transport.

“It’s going to be tough, but I’m not fussy about how I get there. If it’s a truck, van or fishing boat, I’m interested,” he said.

“One of the hardest parts will be crossing the Sahara because the terrain and temperatures are so demanding.

“Most of the route I take to reach Kumasi will be fairly spontaneous. It all depends who I can hitch a lift with, and where they are going.”

James was prompted to take up the challenge by his partner, Stephanie Edusei-Basra, the daughter of Nana Kwabena Edusei II, an Ashanti chief.

To make a donation, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JamesJames or to offer transport, e-mail journeytokumasi@yahoo.com