Four alumni of Starehe Boys Centre, a parent and a friend of the Centre, have started a 1000 Kilometres “GOKIBIKO STAREHE CHARITY CYCLE RIDE”, from Busia to Mombasa to raise Sh5milliom that will go towards the Griffin Memorial Endowment Trust (GMET) Fund.
The Trust manages endowment funds for both the Starehe Boys’ and Starehe Girls’ Centres, with a view to securing places for poor boys and girls to perpetuity.
Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi flagged off the six riders at the Busia County Headquarters on Monday for the gruelling journey that will take 10 days to the Coastal Town where they are expected on September 7 after making 10 stopovers.
A part from charity cycle ride, Starehe Boys’ Centre and School will also be marking 60thanniversary (Diamond Jubilee) this year. The centre currently has in its care 1097 students from all 47 counties, 78% of whom are drawn from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“It’s encouraging to note that the Centre is currently sponsoring 19 students from Busia County; in these 60 years, over 14,400 boys have gone through the centre with our County Director of Communications and Publicity Mr Winston Mbanda being a beneficiary of Starehe sponsorship,” the Deputy Governor said.
The old Starehians who will undertake the noble task to provide care and education for boys in need and transform them into productive and exemplary members of the society include Samuel Kibiko, John Odor, Fredrick Njoroge and Ian Mwangi.
Also undertaking the charity cycle ride includes a parent Peter Gitu and a friend of Starehe Samuel Kimani. Fredrick Njoroge will be featuring in the exercise after participating in the Tour de Machakos in 2016 and 2018.
Clerk of the Senate Jeremiah Nyegenye , an alumnus of Starehe Centre said he feels privileged and honoured not only are the cyclists being flagged off in my county of birth, they are virtually being flagged off at the site where 41 years ago, I took the OTC bus to travel to Nairobi for the first time to become File Number 5729 at Starehe,” he said, and pledged his contribution of Ksh100,000 towards the cause.
Sam Kibiko, an alumnus of Starehe in 1995-1999 was the brainchild behind the inaugural cycle ride in 2018 where a total of Sh2.56m was raised. The Centre is a charitable institution for academically bright but poor boys.
Kibiko urged Kenyan citizens to ride with them by contributing any amount through Mpesa Paybill 949494 and Account Number Gokibiko that will help educate many students in perpetuity.