A Skye man is preparing to cycle 500 miles around Zambia.
James MacInnes, a team leader with Scottish Water, is aiming to raise money for international charity, WaterAid. James will set off on the challenge on September 7, joining around 30 other volunteers who work in the water industry around the UK.
The challenge will see the group cycle from Lusaka to Victoria Falls over the course of a week, passing through towns and villages, farmland and sugar cane plantations, and dealing with temperatures around 35 degrees Celsius.
James takes on this latest challenge fresh from having recently completed a more local cycle around the highlands with colleagues from Scottish Water, which saw them cover 500 miles over 48 hours by cycling continuously in relay teams.
James said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge. The more I think about it, it will be great to cycle somewhere with decent weather and to take the opportunity to raise money for WaterAid.
“We take being able to run a tap or flush a toilet for granted but there are lots of places where people just do not have access to these sorts of luxuries. It is awful when you hear of kids getting typhoid or cholera because of dirty water – the difference little things can make to their lives is huge.
“I’m proud to be raising money for such a great charity and am looking forward to having the opportunity of visiting a WaterAid project while we are in Zambia. I’d like to thank everyone who has donated so far, it really does make a big difference.”
He added: “I’m pretty confident of the distances involved and the heat doesn’t faze me too much as we actually faced temperatures not too dissimilar when we undertook the Highland 500 cycle in June!
“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the sunrises and sunsets, as I’m sure they will be spectacular, and getting to see some of the local wildlife. It will also be a great opportunity to speak to others who work in the water industry and to share our experiences of the sector – I've met some amazing people through previous fundraising efforts and I’m sure this challenge will be no different.”
You can still sponsor James by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jamesmacinnes.