An update on things….

Ok, time for a progress report. Preparations, donations, contacts, etc…

Preparations….I have continued to go walking in and around my area of Bradford, plus have walked to work and back a number of times. It is a 50 minute journey but the city is not known for being flat….I feel physically better as a result & feel confident of completing the planned walk. My route is coming to fruition & I will publish it soon along with sponsorship forms for those willing to sponsor, either a fixed amount or per mile. The route I am looking at comes out to around 57 miles in total.

Donations….so far I have had a few small donations plus one larger one. Total thus far is £335. I expect to raise significantly more from the walk and am looking at other ideas & events too. I have had a donation of football kits from a local club in North Lincolnshire, and will send them to the school next time someone I know is flying to Zimbabwe. I have offers of computers too from a company in Horsforth near Leeds.

Contacts….the list of contacts continues to grow, and it is great to have such support from the community around Pakati, especially from former students & their families. I gave been getting good advice about a variety of things both here in the UK and in Zimbabwe, including use of social media, publicity etc. Scunthorpe United are also helping & hope to have more local publicity soon.

Author:

My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and spent the last 13 years as a Civil Servant in Bradford. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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