Samuel Kibiko, an alumnus of Starehe Boys’ Centre, embarked on a 5-day, 500+kms cycling journey to raise money for his alma mater, Starehe. While his target was to raise KES 2 million, Kibiko managed to raise KES 2,560,650.
Because of his undertaking, Samuel received life membership to the Old Starehian Society and a wide coverage of the event on the Media. He also inspired hundreds of alumni, to begin thinking of the contributions they too can make to their former schools.
Samuel talks to our team about the cycling experience.
Kindly let me know what your school number is.
Hehe, but of course -9823.
How was your stay at Starehe Boys Center?
My admission to Starehe provided me with the opportunities to learn and build my character. The values that the school instilled in me, informed the person I am today. In addition to quality education, there were many firsts for me at Starehe, especially when I joined the scouts’ program; I had my first camping experience, train ride, bus ride to Mombasa, a trip out of the country; the list goes on and on.
Are you a member of Starehe Alumni Association? (how long have you been a member?)
Yes. For the longest time, I was barely active until Starehe got into financial issues and needed all of us.
What was your engagement before this cycling event?
We have a class approach, and our class of 1998 is very active. Our main objective is to support the school financially and in any other ways possible. We also support each other as former classmates.
We have a very active WhatsApp group.
When did you discover your love for cycling?
I began cycling while on campus. I am self-taught really; on a borrowed bike. The longest I ever cycled while in university was 10km, back in 2003. I took a break and only started cycling again two years ago. My first official cycling event was from Kitengela to Kajiado.
What motivated you to embark on cycling to raise funds for Starehe?
The financial woes. I also believe in paying it forward; someone took care of me when I was in Starehe, and I want to reciprocate.
How was the experience?
It was amazing. It started as a simple act with a small target, but I was surprised at how big it eventually became. Initially, I wanted to raise enough money to cover one year for one student; but through a push from other alumni the target changed, and I was able to raise enough to cover a full scholarship for four (4) students their entire four-year high school program.
What is your message to other alumni of Starehe and other schools
I believe Alumni understand their school better and can do more for their alma mater. To Starehe alumni, let us pay it forward.
I would also urge all Starehe alumni to go back to our alma mater, go around the school and take stock of the conditions in the school. While at it, take a selfie with the statue of the 3Gs, and share to encourage others.
Do you plan to continue cycling to raise funds for starehe or other charitable engagements?
Yes. Just before the starehe cycling, I was signed up for another event to raise funds for a children’s home in Mombasa. I plan to cycle again to raise funds for charitable courses including Starehe.