Fundraising for Friends of Pakati 2020

Following on from the first official post this year – 2020 – one of the promised items was about fundraising. The priorities having already been decided ( see relevant page on this website ) it is time to launch the ideas that have taken root, and the main one for me, the author, will come as quite a surprise to those who know me well…..

Hmmmm….bit of a bulge there…

It is this. My aim is to lose weight. Some tell me I need to, others tell me to stay as I am. However, it is clear to me at the age of 62 that my current weight (to be confirmed in the next day or so) is not sustainable in the long run if I want to live longer….so….to give me added impetus to succeed, I have decided to make it a challenge to myself to use it as a fundraising idea for this project. Rather than set a target amount of weight loss, I have set a date target of 1st June 2020. Anyone willing to sponsor me can either agree a set fee, or to do it at so much per Kg, measured on 1st June. Monies to be paid through the usual fundraising page of http://gofundme/friends-of-pakati or in cash for me to donate to the page myself.

Defintely a bit overweight here….

Other ideas that look promising are things like events at my workplace such as a dress down day, cake sale ( hard for me to deal with that!), or something for Iron fans to get involved with – maybe an away day where as many as possible dress up in shirt & tie, or fancy dress in some way…to be agreed as am consulting right now…

Should anyone have any ideas on other fundraising event large or small, please do not hesitate to contact me through the contact page or important links page, both can be found at the top of this homepage.

My friend and work colleague Karen has decided to join in, as she wants to lose some weight. As she helped on last years event, she wanted to get involved again this year – she is very supportive of and its aims. We walked together occasionally when training during February to April 2019, so plan to do so again this time as part of the lifestyle changes needed to support weight loss.

My colleague at work Karen, Bradford City fan, who helped by joining our sponsored walk last year

I also hear from former teacher Debbie Chadbon that she is contemplating a challenge of her own – maybe walking, running or cycling to raise funds for us – Thank you Debbie!!

Former Maths & Science teacher at Pakati Secondary school – Debbie Chadbon

Well that’s the cat out of the bag now….so with lots of support I hope to raise more funds for this cause, helping the school and community where I was made so welcome 30 years ago, but as I found out just 4 months ago, we haven’t forgotten each other.


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 have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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