Ngoto Boys student gifted Ksh100,000 bursary by alumnus

Alumni Golf Challenge Winner Felix Kiamba awards Elijah Mutunga and his mother Jacinta Nthenge with a dummy cheque as Principal Magiri Kithinji, CEO Mark Macharia and partners look on. Photo by Lydia Ngoolo.

17-year-old Ngoto Boys student Elijah Mutunga Nthenge, who hails from a humble background, has benefitted from a bursary worth Ksh100,000 courtesy of alumnus Felix Kiamba, this year’s Alumni Golf Challenge champion.

Mutunga was among three others who were also feted. They were Francis Mang’olo,  a Computer Studies teacher who was awarded a trophy and another student with eye problems who was gifted with eyewear and care products by Waridi Eyewear, key partners of the challenge which was commemorating its 6th edition.

Kiamba also pledged to donate 25 computers – 20 from him and 5 from another alumnus – to motivate the students to work hard and build themselves.

He said that he will start an awareness campaign about golf in schools, adding that just like in education, one has to work hard and dedicate themselves in order to succeed in the sport.

The alumnus, currently a Software Engineer, reminded the boys that it was their role to change the situation of where they came from and thus they should take their studies seriously.

“This is the only time you have for your future. Where you are heading to it’s up to you not anybody else, the teachers and parents have already played their role,” he said.

(From left) Elijah Mutunga’s mother Jacinta Nthenge, himself and the challenge winner Felix Kiamba. Lydia Ngoolo.

The school Principal Magiri Kithinji noted that through alumni initiatives such as this, current students get a complete change of mindset after seeing former students who have succeeded.

“Alumni are key resources to this institution. Their spirit is on a higher level and when they speak to students they see their potential and become focused,” he said.

The Challenge’s CEO Mark Macharia said that the initiative’s mandate is to ignite the movement of alumni back to their former schools to make a tangible impact.

“We connect alumni from all walks of life to inspire, empower and be of impact to current students in their former schools. We also appreciate the best teacher and motivate students as well,” said Macharia.

He noted that they bring together alumni through sports and conventions. In sports, all alumni from all over the country usually represent their schools in golf and the winner gets the ultimate price of a bursary worth Ksh100,000 then the winner takes it to their former school and hands it over to one of the needy and bright students.

By Lydia Ngoolo

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