A Busy Week Ahead!

This week sees the re-opening of Pakati Primary and Secondary schools, along with all others across Zimbabwe.

Classes to return Monday 7th February

With them being busy again, I am in contact with both the schools for updares, information and photos to tell the story of Pakati and its communuty. We at Friends of Pakati are here to try & support them, particularly with IT equipment amongst other things. See https://friendsofpakati.com/2020-vision-friends-of-pakati-the-project-continues/ for full details.

The Author has taken a week off from work, and there is much to be done to prepare for our fundraising efforts this year. I have to say i am encouraged by certain things which have been happening under the radar, as plans are developing at a good pace. Here are some of the things going on in the background…

First, we have a date & venue to be confirmed this week for a fundraising event in Scunthorpe in July. I have a potential sponsor for the event – good friend and fellow fan of Scunthorpe United local businessman Roj Rahman (founder of Mortz Property Services, already a keen supporter) – and a programme is being arranged for it.

Roj Rahman end left, and Chris Walker, end right

It will include guest speaker(s), live music, a raffle and maybe an auction. There will be tickets for it, and a maximum of 100 people to attend plus those running and/or appearing. Items are being gathered for raffle & maybe an auction for a couple of higher value items. The event – or at least part of it – is planned to be broadcast as a live podcast.

Secondly, approaches are being made to various groups & people to garner support for this event above, and already we have significant support from the Scunthorpe end of things. This week I hope to have engaged with fans groups in Bradford, plus with links at the club there. Local media are already getting involved in both places, so we hope to raise a good sum of money through this day in April. Publicity material us being prepared…

Both events above will be covered in more detail in the lead up to & aftermath of them taking place. Be assured we will have plenty of pictures & stories for you!

Also this coming week the Author, as we are part of the Consortium of Zimbabwe Charities – see http://www.cozc.org – I am also working on their website & facebook page. I have contact with many members of the Consortium, and am getting ideas & contacts for other organisations which may help us with our own work.

I am also reviewing our current sponsorships, as they have been in place for some time. I am going to contact each of them to see what level of support they can offer us. Below are the logos we currently have on:

Obviously, our donor of IT to the schools – http://stephensonpersonalcare.co.uk – will remain in place, but I can see most of the above remaining on board. Certainly I can tell you more soon about all this. If any other companies wish to support us, please get in touch via friendsofpakati@gmail.com

 

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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