Kabarak University is keen to partner with Nation Media Group to raise funds for needy students at the institution.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Henry Kiplangat said the university, which was founded by retired President Daniel arap Moi, is keen to partner with NMG to make this year’s annual Kabarak Half-Marathon a success.
“It is our hope that NMG will co-own this event and I hope to see this year’s event branded as Kabarak University – NMG Half-Marathon,” said Prof Kiplagat.
“As a university, we are sending a passionate appeal to NMG to help us touch the lives of the poor,” said Prof Kiplangat.
The money raised from the event is used to help needy students realise their dreams of acquiring university education.
“Last year, we were not successful and we ended up spending more money than what we received,” said Prof Kiplangat.
However, he said he was optimistic that this year’s event, to be held on September 21, will be a great success. The theme of this year’s race is “crossing the equator to support needy students.”
“With the support of NMG, we hope this year’s Kabarak Half Marathon will raise enough funds to assist needy students,” said Prof Kiplangat.
He spoke at the university on Friday when he received an NMG team led by General Manager Advertising James Sogoti and Regional Business Solution Manager Isaac Muge.
“It is our dream that one day this kitty will grow because our goal is to immensely contribute to the improvement of the welfare of less fortunate Kenyans who are in need of higher education,” said Prof Kiplangat.
He announced that once the kitty grows, the university will give full scholarships to needy students.
He said the university receives gifted and talented government-sponsored students who are unable to raise tuition fees.
“Several students defer their studies and this pains us as they are derailed in acquiring the much desired higher education,” he added.
Between January 2014 and December last year, the number of students who deferred their studies due to fees balances were 2,778.
“On average, the number of deferrals has been increasing since 2014 and without any intervention, the number is bound to continue growing,” said Prof Kiplangat.
Since 2002, a total of 6,095 students owe the university more than Sh37million in fees arrears.