KCA University is embarking on a charity drive aiming to raise Sh15 million through cycling to support the education of its disadvantaged students. Professor Isaiah Wakindiki, the University’s Vice Chancellor and CEO, announced the launch of this initiative, which marks the second edition of such efforts. The drive aims to assist 64 bright and deserving students who face challenges in completing their education.

Professor Wakindiki highlighted a concerning statistic from the Commission for University Education (CUE): 60 percent of university students drop out due to insufficient tuition fees. This dropout rate underscores the urgency for stakeholders to address financial barriers to education.

The cycling tour, spanning 1002 kilometers, will commence from KCA University in Ruaraka, Nairobi, traversing through Kakamega County via Nakuru, Kericho, Kakamega, and returning through Kisumu, Kisii, and Bomet. Scheduled from May 29 to June 1, this year, the tour will feature professional cyclists alongside other participants.

In addition to supporting students, the funds raised will also contribute to research and innovation initiatives at the university. Professor Wakindiki emphasized the importance of establishing education funds at universities to assist deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dr. Sarah Kilemi, chairperson of the KCA Foundation, highlighted the impact of tough economic times on students, urging the community to address the challenge of students dropping out due to financial constraints. She encouraged youth to embrace cycling for physical fitness and to contribute to the welfare of needy learners.

The cyclists participating in the fundraising initiative, including notable athletes like Alice Miringu and Kelvin Kariuki, expressed their support for the cause. Alice Miringu, a seasoned cyclist with international experience, emphasized the importance of youth involvement in such charitable endeavors to support education.

Kelvin Kariuki echoed the call for government intervention to enhance cyclist safety on the roads, citing concerns about reckless drivers endangering cyclists’ lives. He emphasized the need for measures to protect cyclists from such hazards.

KCA University’s cycling campaign signifies a collective effort to address educational inequalities by providing financial support to needy students, while also promoting physical fitness and community engagement through cycling.