Generous gifts are always welcome…

….plus other news.

Firstly though, a very generous offer was made to me… recently I heard from a fellow Iron (Scunthorpe United FC) fan called Andrew Purser. He has had a bit of good luck:

“Hi Chris  I’ve just won a signed PS5 copy of FIFA22 from SUFC and was wondering if you would accept it to either eBay or auction for Friends of Pakati?”

Stock image of  Sony PS5

Not surprisingly, I said YES PLEASE!

But what should I do with it? That bit was easy – contact friend of Friends if Pakati, Simon Faulkner. Find out more about him.here – https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/07/02/a-friend-of-friends-of-pakati-meet-simon/

Simon is going down to the Sands Venue Stadoum/Glanford Park soon to collect the FIFA22, and will be advertising it for sale/auction on Ebay before too long.

I did ask Andrew why he decided to give his prize away…got this wonderful reply:

“I’ve always believed that if you are fortunate to receive a small bit of luck then it’s important to pass that forward, after following Chris on Twitter and reading some of his excellent blogs regarding the fantastic work of Friends of Pakati I felt as though there was no better place to pass forward my spot of luck #UTI”

Well, that is a massive ‘Thank You’ from all of us here at Friends of Pakati, Andrew! Details of when it will be offered for sale/auction will be released soon!

The next question is….do you have anything you would like to donate to ys for sale/auction/raffle? Memorabilia? Sports gear? School equipmenr? Anything useful? If so, please let us know via our usual channels:

friendsofpakati@gmail.com

http://Twitter.com/friendsofpakati you can DM us there

http://Facebook.com/Friends-of-pakati you cam IM us there

Or you can message us here on this website in the comments section.

More on this (and other potential events) in next weekend’s special blog – Past, Present & Future!

Other News

Firstly, I am reliably informed that the planned reopening of schools in Zimbabwe has once again been delayed due to Covid19, with the Omicron variant having a rapid spread across southern Africa. Those sitting exams will be allowed in, but under strict potocols.

Scenes of students returning to school delayed once more due to Covid 19.

As soon as they do re-open, we will bring you up to date on all things related to Pakati schools.

Secondly, the Author is currently also involved with the previously-mentioned Consortium of Zimbabwe Charities – see here for more information https://friendsofpakati.com/2021/10/24/collaborations-under-discussion-plus-other-pakati-news/  – as we gather more members here in the UK and in Zimbabwe. Structures are being put in place, and a website is being built. Already the Consortium has a Facebook page, and has posted several items sent in by members, be it events, news, blogs or whatever. Take a look here – https://www.facebook.com/consortiumofzimbabwecharities/ to see what has been published so far.

Thirdly, I have been taking stock of our assets & Here is a brief run down of what we currently have:

One pull-up banner

258 Badges

115 mugs (3 different designs)

32 coasters (3 different designs)

115 key rings, incl 30 old ones & 85 new ones, both sets in 3 different designs

…and 82 T-shirts in 5 sizes – Small, Medium, Large, XL & XXL

Xmas 2021 prices are still in effect! See https://friendsofpakati.com/merchandise/

Also see some of our satisfied customers https://friendsofpakati.com/our-merchandise-satisfied-customers/

Please let us know using the same channels shown above in the first section of this blog post.

Finally, a reminder to look out for next weekend’s special blog – Past, Present & Future – to find out what to expect from Friends of Pakati in 2022!

Why next Sunday, 16th January? What is so special about that date? Here is a reminder in the first paragraph of the first ever blog – https://friendsofpakati.com/2019/01/04/my-project-for-2019/

Author:

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. I married a Zimbabwean woman & we have 2 sons.

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