12th Man member Chris Walker has been fundraising for Friends Of Pakati since he launched the project in January, and last week he received a donation from the club after chairman, Peter Swann, pledged to match the £1,380 raised by the project so far.
Iron fan Chris Walker has been fundraising for the last eight months in order to raise money for the Friends of Pakati project, 30 years on from when he started work as a teacher at Pakati Secondary School in Zimbabwe. The donations accumulated through the fundraising project will help primary and secondary schools in Zimbabwe to buy IT equipment.
Chris’ fundraising project has so far included a three-day sponsored walk from Valley Parade in Bradford, all the way to the Sands Venue Stadium, in the lead up to the Iron’s home fixture against the Bantams on April 27th. Chris was joined on the walk by his son Daniel, Daniel’s girlfriend Alice and Chris’ friends Karen and Brian.
Over the past eight months, the Friends of Pakati project has received support from a number of people including Iron fans, who have donated computers, monitors, football shirts and sportswear among other well received goods. The project is an ongoing one though and Chris is looking for further donations to go towards buying more items for the schools.
As part of the appeal the club also donated a number of junior and adult replica shirts to be taken out to Zimbabwe and Iron CEO, James Rodwell is pictured with Chris before the Carlisle game on August 31st.
We would like to wish Chris well for when he travels to back to Zimbabwe on September 24th.
Any fans wishing to make a donation and help Chris can do so through the Friends of Pakati fundraising page; gofundme.com/friends-of-pakati.