I recently heard again from Debbie Chadbon, fellow former Maths Teacher at Pakati Secondary school. She tells me her plans to do some fundraising for Friends of Pakati are coming along well.
Here is what she emailed me:
I thought I would let you know more details of the bike ride I am planning to raise funds for Friends of Pakati. On 22nd May I will be cycling 50 miles with my husband Paul on a circular route from Bristol to Thornbury and back. We have been doing some practice rides and the furthest I have managed so far is 28 miles so I still have some way to go! Lets hope the weather is kind to us on the day.
I have contacted our local newspaper to ask if they are willing to cover the story and am waiting to hear back.
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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