Donations! THANK YOU’s and an update on our progress…

This particular post is a pleasure to write, as we have started to pick up more donations, some from brand new donors! Before I list all those who have been kind enough to give to Friends of Pakati, the very latest news came in to me on Wednesday, and confirmed just yesterday morning about this:

My fellow former VSO volunteer and Maths Teacher at Pakati Secondary school (91-93), Debbie Chadbon, sent me this photo from her local newspaper (Fishponds is a district of Bristol by the way!):

The photo was accompanied by the following message about a new donation:

Hi Chris. The donation was for £120. People are beginning to give me sponsorship for my bike ride. I’ve attached a photo of an article in our local news magazine about the ride so hopefully that will bring some more donations in. Paul and I cycled 31 miles last weekend in preparation and we are planning a similar distance this weekend. I ‘m planning to take it slowly for the 50 miles, take lots of breaks and hope it doesn’t rain too much.

What a wonderful effort by Debbie & her husband Paul. Let us hope the weather is kind to them on 22nd!

What is it all for? This…

Donate via or

The Gofundme page has stopped letting me send a ‘thank you for your donation’ message recently, that is partly why I listed everyone on here.

Buying merchandise is another way to donate – see for full details.

This year so far….

Below are the names of all donors (including those who have bought merchandise) so far this year, in alphabetical order, without the amounts they gave:

Anonymous – there have been 3 donations made so far by those who wish not to be named

Tony Baker

Max Bell

Neal Campbell

Debbie Chadbon

Liv Chadbon

Sharlom Chaikita

Ross Gibson

Karina Jones

Karen Lee

Gill Makula

David Scott

Lisa Vickers

Chris Walker

Derrick Walker

Terry Walker


Between you all, we have raised £888.83 – see how far we have still to go to get more PC’s to Pakati by clicking the link below:

Our total balance as of today stands at £1131.60


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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