Debbie joins the fundraising for Friends of Pakati….and a hint of other things to come

This is wonderful news – thank you to Debbie!!

Debbie Chadbon, 2019

Debbie Chadbon, former Maths and Science teacher at Pakati 1991-1993, has told the Author she is ready to help out with fundraising for this year.

We have been exchanging emails for some time, and I learned that she has become an avid follower of this blog/website. Debbie has now said she has signed up to take part in the Bristol 10km run, which is due to take place on 3rd May this year, and has started her training recently.

Debbie in 1992 with some of her students

As it gets closer to the 3rd of May, she says she will start her fundraising for us among her family, friends and colleagues in and around the Bristol area. Whatever she manages to raise will be a great help towards meeting our priorities for 2020 – to find out what they are in more detail, see the separate page on this website –

More things to come in the next few days…..

● The 2 former students are close to finishing their latest updates on their stories – expect some inspiring material, stories of success against the odds, tragedy, coping in difficult circumstances and how one has ended up working in South East Asia

● Pakati Primary School preparations for this years athletics competitions

● Updates on fundraising activities including week 4 of the Authors weight-loss challenge

● Computers….I am waiting for official confirmation of another possible donation – to be announced this week!

Last years donations of IT equipment mostly came from the Stephenson Group from Leeds, seen here on its way to be packaged ready for shipping to Zimbabwe


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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