Authors activities this week…

The Author has been busy this week, as he is on annual leave from work until next Monday. Here are some of the things he has been up to in support of friendsofpakati.com

I have been out walking again, pounding the streets around the area of Bradford in which I live, day and night. All to help with my weight loss campaign, now showing a reduction of 4.8kg/9lbs since I began 2 weeks ago.

Yesterday I launched the next part of this years fundraising activities – ‘Get TIED UP for Pakati’ (see the previous post) – and managed to get on BBC Radio Humberside’s sports programme for an interview. It happened during the half-time break in the game last night between Northampton Town and Scunthorpe United. In my eyes, it went very well, with questions which gave me the chance to explain all the details of the event, my interest in Pakati, and what we are doing to try and help the schools. Much more to come with this story in the coming weeks.

I have been in touch with former Teacher Debbie Chadbon by email, and soon I should be able to announce details of her plan to fundraise for us, using the same page http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati for donations.

Being in touch with staff at the two schools allows me to keep up to date with what ever is going on there, and share it with you. To come from the Secondary school tomorrow will be pics and stories about students using computers, and the training in advance of the Zonal athletics competitions on 31st January -this Friday. Below is a picture from the Primary school last week soon after students return to school.

Quite a lot of work still to be done here, but with help from our donors, and all those supporting us in the background, I hope we can meet our main objectives in order to give the students what they need to get a good education.

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 14 years as a Civil Servant in Bradford. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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