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Dedicated to the memory of our late trustee, Harold Bodmer

Harold Bodmer

Since before Anna Mudeka attended Rugare Primary School, the pupils have assembled each day on muddy or dusty ground outside the school. The school has long wished to build a concrete assembly area which could also be used for sport. In 2017, the Mudeka Foundation decided to fundraise to lay the concrete pad which would be dedicated to the memory of our much-loved and admired trustee, Harold Bodmer, who was born in Zimbabwe.

The old assembly area Rugare Primary School
The old assembly area Rugare Primary School

We received donations from the collection at Harold's memorial service at Norwich Cathedral, from his former colleagues and also held a specific fundraising event at Thickthorn Hall, Norwich. Together, these raised £7,000, and with a donation of £1,400 from a private sponsor, the project could be started in October 2017.  The assembly point was opened officially by the headmaster, Christopher Mutandi, assisted by his deputy, Patrick Muwadi, on December 5th 2017, when a plaque to Harold's memory was unveiled. From the beginning of the new school year in January 2018 the 1560 school pupils will be able to take part in sports such as volleyball and basketball.

We, and Harold's family, are grateful for all the generous donations, and pleased that Harold's memory will live on in the hearts of the people, in the country that he loved.  

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Jennifer Mudeka, headmaster Christopher Mutandi and deputy head Patrick Muwadi
Opening of the assembly point at Rugare Primary School, 5th December 2017