What is ‘GET TIED UP FOR PAKATI’ all about?

For the second time this year, I recently took the opportunity to talk about Friends of Pakati on my local radio station – Bradford Community Broadcasting – BCB – to raise the profile of our fundraising efforts in April this year. For more information read here – https://friendsofpakati.com/get-tied-up-for-pakati-3/ but also please listen to both broadcasts below.

My thanks today therefore go to presenter Dom Burch, who has become a supportive friend of Friends of Pakati! Great to see him enjoying his tea in one of our mugs & proudly wearing our badge.

So, please have a listen to the interview here, slide forward to 33 minutes in and you will hear more about what we are doing after some music, and what we have already done for/at Pakati:

https://podcasts.canstream.co.uk/bcb/index.php?id=63681

At the end, I hoped to hear my favourite Zimbabwean song, but the version they found although still great, wasn’t quite the one I had always loved, so here is the version that will be familiar to many:

https://youtu.be/rGGmeTfAaR0

Here is also my earlier broadcast in late January, where you can slide forward to 28 minutes to hear my first interview on BCB:

https://podcast.canstream.co.uk/bcb/index.php?id=62991

It’s clear that we hope to get as many people involved on the day, and I am delighted to have local media involved in both Bradford (where I live) and Scunthorpe (where I am from).

Why are we doing all this? Well, it is for children like these seen below from Pakati Primary school, recently sent to me by the Head, Mr Mahachi (above).

Mr Gonye in the computer room with his grade 6 class.

Madam Mandingaisa teaching her ECD A class

A grade 2 class in session

There are more pictures & information to come from the Primary school very soon!

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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