Moving forward after a difficult week

This week, I have been heartened by the response I have had to my post following the passing of my friend Thomas Gombera – see – and it will spur me on to keep Friends of Pakati moving forward. Here is how:

Fundraising events are gathering pace & publicity, as I look to maximise the take-up of ‘Get TIED UP for PAKATI’. I have been given some new potential contacts to increase participation by fans & staff of Bradford City, to join those of us on the Scunthorpe United side. SUFC have already promised to publicise on their website, in their online programmes, and around the stadium in Scunthorpe.

Work colleagues of mine are also getting involved, as we are having a ‘Dress Down Day’ where we are asked to wear a sports top to work. I will also have a chance to take orders for our merchandise that day. See some examples in the pic above, and here:

I recently had a chat with Stuart from the Stephenson Group Ltd of Leeds, and am hoping to have a visit to their offices soon for some publicity for them and for us. I am also hoping to discuss what help they might be able to give us towards the cost of shipping the new donations of IT by the group.

There are of course several other things going on in the background, which will be revealed over time. For now, we are concentrating on the forthcoming chances to raise much-needed funds. I will keep updating our situation month by month.


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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