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Some time ago, I saw a TV programme about volunteers driving old trucks / lorries from the UK to various African countries for charity. I might be interested in trying this but my searches for more detail have been unsuccessful. My son might like to join me.

Only light trucks as I have just a car licence. I think that I am limited to 3.5 ton with a fixed wheel base. Some of the volunteers in the programme had just regular licences.

Unfortunately, my son's licence is slightly more limited than mine but we could research addressing that if necessary.

Has anyone heard of such a scheme?

Clarification: I am not asking for help planning this trip but for help identifying the charities that might want it. I am not aiming at a specific destination but trying to remember where the demand was.

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    What is your route ? Considering the current security scenario there will be loads of hassles (exiting UK and EU), be prepared for that. – DumbCoder Jun 26 '17 at 11:29
  • @DumbCoder I don't quite agree. UK to France should be easy, and Spain to Morocco shouldn't be too much of an issue either, and Morocco is Africa. – gerrit Jun 26 '17 at 11:42
  • @DumbCoder Questions like that are why I was hoping to do it with an organised charity. I was hoping that they would be able to advise and assist. I would not expect UK to France to be a hassle as we are still (for a little longer) in the EU. I would not attempt such a project without some support. – badjohn Jun 26 '17 at 11:53
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    You could contact any of the organizations/inviduals doing the same. Some of them can be found with a Google search on your question title (example) and don't forget to look around on travel websites like TripAdvisor – Jan Doggen Jun 26 '17 at 13:39
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    @GayotFow Thanks. I am quite flexible on the route. What I want to find is a suitable charity to work with: one that has some to me and who is able and willing to assist with the paperwork. I am fairly flexible on the charity provided that it is not arms or drugs (of the illegal sort). Legal (medical) drugs would be an attractive cargo but I guess that the paperwork would be even more challenging. – badjohn Jun 26 '17 at 14:03
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It sounds to me you are thinking of the Plymouth-Banjul challenge.

From Wikipedia:

The Plymouth-Banjul Challenge or unofficially the Ultimate Banger Challenge and previously known as the Plymouth-Dakar Challenge, is an annual car event for charity. It is not a race or a competition as its website states. It was first run in 2003 to Dakar and since 2005 to Banjul. It very roughly follows the route of the more famous Dakar Rally, visiting many of the same countries.

Other candidates are The Crumball Rally, The Mongol Rally and Mongolia Charity Rally.

  • I don't think it's that since I am fairly sure that the one that I was thinking about involved trucks. Nonetheless, it is interesting. – badjohn Jun 26 '17 at 20:55
  • Added another candidate. – MastaBaba Jun 26 '17 at 20:57
  • Again, maybe not what I was thinking of but again very interesting. Thanks. – badjohn Jun 26 '17 at 21:04

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