Merchandise – a new initiative for Friends of Pakati

Thanks to a very generous donation from a fellow-Iron ( ) fan, David C Scott, we now have sufficient money to have some merchandise produced for sale.

David, who is based in Germany at present, has donated £200 which means we have now ordered – via another Iron fan based in Scotland – some lapel badges. It will be a few weeks before they are available for sale, but we are at the design stage. Below is part of a message I sent out this morning:

“Good morning all…just thought i would see what you think of this…an idea to sell FoP merchandise. There are a few things which come to mind – t.shirts, mugs, etc – but here is one to begin with – lapel badges. Attached is an example, plus a (very!) rough version of what an FoP one might look like…the idea is to have the Zim flag colours in the background, Zim map on top in red, with the logo Friends of Pakati in white inside the map.”

very rough version! Central line will be black, not purple

Once I started down this road, I sent out feelers to see what demand there might be….quite a few said yes, including some who would buy several. One response was from a printing company suggesting other possibilities – mugs, t-shirts, key fobs/rings, mouse mats, coasters – so we are considering these too. Hoping we can have several items for sale in the near future, watch this space👍


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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