There are a number of reasons why I am optimistic about Friends of Pakati in the coming months, and below I set them out.

• Covid 19 situation in the UK

Here in the UK, vacvinations continue apace, and currently over 60% of adults have had their first jabs. Around 10% have had the second jab to date.

Lockdowns are easing across the UK, and large parts of the economy are beig re-opened with Covid safety rules in place. Stats showing decreases in infections, death rates sharply reduced, and the main concern is that of new variants coming in.

• Upturn in the weather in the UK

Ilkley, near Bradford, is a populay beauty spot. Picture taken late March 2021

Although it is not yet summer here, temperatures are steadily rising. With longer daylight hours, people’s perceptions are of brighter days ahead. We can go out more now, to more places and do more things. As a result, people feel better, and are more likely to respond positively to appeals like ours at Friends of Pakati.

• Media publicity increasing

Folliwing on from several appearances on BBC Radio Humberside (my home area) I am now getting interest from BBC Radio Leeds (closer to where I live now). Waiting to confirm a new interview, hopefully next week.

• Increase in fundraising activities being planned

Debbie Chadbon at Pakati Secondary school in 1992

In addition to the fundraising through general donations, we also have items for sale – see https://friendsofpakati.com/merchandise/ – there is also the https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/01/24/pcs-to-pakati/ initiative. I am told also that Debbie Chadbon, former Pakati Teacher, is preparing to to a 50km bicycle ride to raise fubds for us!

One of 3 designs for sale – mugs £7 each, coasters and key rings £3 each – discounts available for multiple orders, all orders will need p&p as well.

• Broader social media presence

Friends of Pakati now have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and under the name of Christopher Walker, also LinkedIn.

Link to event: https://fb.me/e/zvCB5lGe

The facebook interview coming up later today (Saturday 10th April) gives us a chance to broaden our support base

• New publicity material being produced

Videos for use on Instagram & possibly Youtube are currently being prepared. Here below is just one small clip, likely to become part of a longer video when editing is complete:


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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