Author’s report – first walk, first donation to PC’s to PAKATI💻

After a great interview on BBC Radio Humberside with Phil White this morning, talking about how Friends of Pakati came about, I finally took my first steps in support of PC’s to PAKATI

Ready to go…

I set off just after 12 noon, intending to do 3 miles/5km in less than 1 hour, but conditions on the paths were not good today. Melting snow, icy paths made it treacherous, slippery & very wet out.

However, I was determined to get walking again today, of all days. 16th January 1989 was the day I first set foot in a classroom at Pakati Secondary school, and two years later – 30 years ago – I had been promoted to Acting Head at the school.

Highest point on the walk

I managed 2.72 miles, in just over 1 hour. I was not able to go at my usual pace of over 3 miles per hour, but I have decided to donate £30 anyway to get the ball rolling – I hope we can get many more donations from those who are able to travel at least 1 mile under their own steam, over the next 178 days. We hope to average £30 per day, to help get the PC’s to Pakati later this year.

Almost home…

Can any of you, dear readers, go an extra mile? Then maybe do it again? More than once? Then please let us know who, when & where you do it, how you do it, who if anyone you do it with – then please tell us, send us some pictures, and let us know how much you are donating👍👍

The donation of £30 gets us 30 miles on the way from Bradford, towards our first target – London

  1. Bradford
  2. London
  3. Paris
  4. Cannes (South of France)
  5. Cagliari (Sardinia)
  6. Tunis (Tunisia)
  7. Tripoli (Lybia)
  8. Sabha (Southern Lybia)
  9. Abeche (Chad)
  10. Yalinga (Central African Republic)
  11. Kisangani (Democratic Republic of Congo)
  12. Lubumbashi (DRC)
  13. Ndola (Zambia)
  14. Harare (Zimbabwe)
  15. Pakati

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Also please take a look at our merchandise

Every penny raised from the challenge and merchandise sales go towards the total target of £5340 – £1 for every mile between Bradford and Pakati👍Thank you


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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