The walk….stepping up preparations

View from Fox Hill, Queensbury, 22nd April 2019

Much more walking is being done this week, building up to this Thursday when the actual walk happens. I have driven the proposed route to see what it is like, and it is clear the first day will be the toughest.

I have also been buying things we need, such as medical supplies and other things to make the walk more bearable…planning stops and breaks, making sure we are fed and watered sufficiently, plus having spare clothes at the stop-over points.

On top of this there is more publicity coming up in both the Bradford and Scunthorpe areas, as well as posting regular updates on social media throughout the walk, and at the end of each day on here.

Weather-wise it is looking like it will be cloudy, with the odd shower, and temperatures lower than recent days at around 13° Thursday and Friday, then 10° on Saturday.

At Scunthorpe United I must thank the following people for their assistance: Rob Noble, James Moody and those who edit and publish The Iron matchday programmes. I also want to thank Glyn Sparks (the Iron’s mascot Scunny Bunny) for his kind words and encouragement/advice recently.

Must have been a cold day when this was taken!

Thanks also to some of the various fan groups for Scunthorpe United, particularly the Iron Trust who have given support to the cause. Iron Trust have asked for shirt donations from fans, plus they have recently given me space in their newsletter which goes in The Iron progamme each matchday.

I must also thank the individual fans who have given either a donation or encouragement (sometimes both), both in person and on social media and/or via this website.

Donations via: http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati

Follow us: http://facebook.com/Friends-of-pakati and http://twitter.com/friendsofpakati

Email: friendsofpakati@gmail.com

21st April 2019

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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