September 2019 to September 2020

Since January 2019, Friends of Pakati has been trying to raise funds for IT equipment for the two Pakati schools. As ever, http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati is open for donations

With additional donations of computers from https://www.stephensonpersonalcare.com plus sports kits and money from https://www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk we managed to raise £2740 by the end of September 2019.

We spent £2700 of that on items such as support for a sponsored walk, additional IT and ancilliary equipment to supplement the donations, plus storage and transportation of the various goods from here in the UK all the way to Pakati.

September 2019 was a very memorable time for all of us connected to Friends of Pakati, as we delivered the IT & sports goods to the schools with great celebration from the community and local dignitories.

In the year since then things have changed dramatically. We planned a number of fundraising events and discussed other ideas, most of which then became put on the back burner thanks to Corona Virus globally.

Some of the things we had planned were temporarily abandoned, postponed, as the events we were relying on – a 10km run and a football match – were called off.

However, one thing has been ongoing, is the Author’s challenge – to lose weight and ask people to donate for Friends of Pakati. Here is how it is going…

From a starting point of 113.4kg in mid-January to mid-September with a weight of 98.8kg means I have lost 14.6kg overall…this has lead to some if the donations in recent weeks

The result has meant a small steady stream of donations via http://gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati over these 12 months,bringing in a total of £687. With £40 left over from the previous year we have had a total of £727.00 in the pot. This includes sponsors donations from Mortz Property Services https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mortz-Property-Services/345098472550527&ved=2ahUKEwitoamH75fpAhWG and Nakai Skincare & Cosmetics https://www.nakaiskincarecosmetics.com

Of that total, we spent £412.04 on a joint venture with a partner organisation VaTonatsa Foundation, much of which has been discussed elsewhere on the blog e.g. https://friendsofpakati.com/2020/07/11/joint-venture-back-story-and-responses/

This haa left us with a total of £314.96 as confirmed at https://friendsofpakati.com/fundraising/ recently. There are things we woukd like to buy for the schools (see https://friendsofpakati.com/2020-vision-friends-of-pakati-the-project-continues/ ) so it is vital we keep the funds coming in. We also need some new fundraising ideas and help to spread the word. Can you help? Do you know anyone who might help us too? Can you share this with your contacts please? Thank you👍👍

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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