Today we report on the events of yesterday, as many football fans GOT TIED UP for Pakati at the match between Bradford City & Scunthorpe United. For me, it started with an Iron…

Preparation for the day…ready to GET TIED UP FOR PAKATI

During the morning, I started to hear from friends coming over from Scunthorpe for the game, and also from some who couldn’t make it. Some were sending pictures for me already whether they were coming or not. Early contributions are seen below:

By lunchtime, friends were arriving in Bradford, and sent me their first pictures. We were to meet up at the stadium before kick-off.

Along with my son Daniel and my friend David Scott (whose idea GET TIED UP was) we walked from the city centre to the ground, which took around 25 minutes or so.

Supporters on their way were sending photos…

…while those unable to attend also sent their photos too

By the time we got to the ground, the coaches from Scunthorpe had just arrived. Quite a few supporters had turned up wearing ties of many colours, shapes and sizes & in different ways!

Once we got into the ground, others had turned up wearing ties…


Throughout the day, donations were coming in to our fundraising account – as they had been during the 3 weeks leading up to the event. All donations received by cash and paypal have been transferred into the single bank account I use to hold all Friende of Pakati funds.

Early in April, the balance in the account stood at £648.11…

At the end of yesterday, thanks to donations from people from Scunthorpe and Bradford, it now stands at £1194.51…

GET TIED UP FOR PAKATI instigator David Scott has also said he will live up to his promise of matching the first £400 during the coming week. In addition, there is at least another £100 which has been collected on the Scunthorpe United supporters coaches, which will be given to me at the club’s ground next Saturday. This will bring the total up to around £1700 !!

Massive THANK YOU!!!! to everyone who has donated – it means a lot to us here at Friends of Pakati 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻


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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