On the Scunthorpe United website this week….

As promised in The Iron matchday programme recently..

Tweet from Scunthorpe United ( @SUFCofficial ) earlier this week – 💰 12th Man member Chris Walker ( @guiuan03 ) has been fundraising for http://Twitter.com/friendsofpakati since he launched the project in January. Last week he received a donation from the club after chairman, Peter Swann, pledged to match the £1,380 raised so far – https://www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk/news/2019/september/iron-match-friends-of-pakati-fundraising-total/

See below….from https://www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk

Iron match Friends of Pakati fundraising total

11 September 2019

by SUFC Media

@SUFCOfficial

12th Man member Chris Walker has been fundraising for Friends Of Pakati since he launched the project in January, and last week he received a donation from the club after chairman, Peter Swann, pledged to match the £1,380 raised by the project so far.

Iron fan Chris Walker has been fundraising for the last eight months in order to raise money for the Friends of Pakati project, 30 years on from when he started work as a teacher at Pakati Secondary School in Zimbabwe. The donations accumulated through the fundraising project will help primary and secondary schools in Zimbabwe to buy IT equipment.

Chris’ fundraising project has so far included a three-day sponsored walk from Valley Parade in Bradford, all the way to the Sands Venue Stadium, in the lead up to the Iron’s home fixture against the Bantams on April 27th. Chris was joined on the walk by his son Daniel, Daniel’s girlfriend Alice and Chris’ friends Karen and Brian.

Over the past eight months, the Friends of Pakati project has received support from a number of people including Iron fans, who have donated computers, monitors, football shirts and sportswear among other well received goods. The project is an ongoing one though and Chris is looking for further donations to go towards buying more items for the schools.

As part of the appeal the club also donated a number of junior and adult replica shirts to be taken out to Zimbabwe and Iron CEO, James Rodwell is pictured with Chris before the Carlisle game on August 31st.

We would like to wish Chris well for when he travels to back to Zimbabwe on September 24th.

Any fans wishing to make a donation and help Chris can do so through the Friends of Pakati fundraising page; gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati.


Some of the replica shirts donated by the club on their way to Pakati schools.

Some of the shirts donated by generous Iron fans also on their way to Pakati schools

Some of the many football shirts donated by Iron fans to sell to raise funds for friendsofpakati.com

Many many thanks to all associated with the club – Management, all staff, fans and assorted supporters groups, especially Iron Trust and Iron Bru.

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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