Gratefully received from Scunthorpe United FC!

Welcome to this weeks blog -giving thanks to Scunthorpe United for their generosity & continued support for Friends of Pakati!

Today we highlight more of the donated items we delivered recently. Some of the schools have sent me more pictures & videos to share with you. My thanks go to the Heads & staff.

Pakati Primary school wearing the polo shirts given by Scunthorpe United FC

Head of Pakati Primary school Mr Mahachi (pictured with some students above) said he was “….very grateful to Scunthorpe United for the polo shirts ant the Coca-cola t-shirts”


Students at Mapanga Primary showing off the Coca-cola t-shirts, pictures courtesy of Head Mrs Maenzanise.

Mrs Maenzanise also wanted to “…thank Scunthorpe United for the t-shirts – the students love them!”

In the videos, they were thanking the Author (me) for bringing them to Zimbabwe, but it’s clear the club has a small but growing following in Ward 14 of Murewa District – also evidenced by the scarves “borrowed” from me by Mrs Maenzanise and local councillor Alderman Israel Maliki…

The pictures of football shirts given by the club are coming soon…here they are before we sent them over to Zimbabwe.

So a huge ‘THANK YOU!!!’ to Scunthorpe United, especially to COO Lee Turnbull, Neil Wright (Fan-Elected Director) & Glyn Sparks – now Marketing Manager, formerly club mascot Scunny Bunny, seen handing them over to me in August.

Latest news:

Friends of Pakati have just had a Zoom meeting this weekend, at which we discussed the following:

  • Consultancy Project recommendations including about the logo, website & social media presence, plus the Charity status
  • Fundraising ideas including onlne events & a Xmas market, plus new Merchandise ideas
  • plus one particularly bold idea – publishing the Friends if Pakati story!

As mentioned in a previous blog, we are taking a couple of weeks off from blogging in December to carry out some of the changes discussed in the Zoom meeting, looking to relaunch properly in the New Year!





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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