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You can help shape her future

Posted by Administrator on October 14, 2009

Ms Lorrie Mukirazi during an interview with the Nation at Serena Hotel in Nairobi. By voting for her at www.classactcanada.com, you will enable her win a scholarship in a Canadian university. Photo/CHRIS OJOW

Ms Lorrie Mukirazi during an interview with the Nation at Serena Hotel in Nairobi. By voting for her at http://www.classactcanada.com, you will enable her win a scholarship in a Canadian university. Photo/CHRIS OJOW

A Kenyan student stands a good chance of winning a coveted university scholarship in Canada.

In a global competition, Ms Lorries Mukirazi is just five places within striking distance of making the 20-student list.

And now, all you have to do is spare a minute on the Internet and vote for the Kenyatta University student, who is competing against a 100 candidates.

She is at position 25 and in line to study in a Canadian university of her choice.

“I have received more than 27,000 votes by now, but I need much more before October 16 if I am to beat the international competitors,” says Ms Mukirazi.

The Kitui campus-based Ms Mukirazi was born in Kakamega, Western Kenya in 1989 to a humble family.

The first born daughter of Margaret Maywaka studied at Mukumu Girls High School and attained a grade B in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination.

“I have two heroines in my life. The first is my mother; the second is a Canadian lady, Ms Lorrie Williams who sponsored my mother through high school,” she says.

Ms Williams is the founder of the Canadian Harambee Education Society (CHES), through which Ms Mukirazi stands the chance to win the full university scholarship.

The relationship between the Canadian and Mrs Maywaka goes back 26 years when she saw the latter through both high school and college education.

And now, history seems to be repeating itself if voters help the girl secure the scholarship.

“Competition is probably stiffest from the developed countries where they have a lot more access to the Internet,” says Ms Williams.

“All we need to do is get as many people as possible to vote by visiting the website  http://www.classactcanada.com.”

All you have to do is to click on the picture of the Kenyan girl, Lorrie Mukiraza, after the pictures of the finalists appear.

She is the black girl in the picture with the blue background and a plant on the side.

“You can click ten times, once every 24 hours,” says Mr Raphael Tuju, a presidential advisor, who has been clicking and voting besides rallying his friends to do the same.

“What an easy way to change the life of a Kenyan girl!”

Mr Tuju has in the last five years worked with Ms Williams, to sponsor more than 40 girls from Kenya access higher education.

The door of opportunity for Lorrie Mukirazi closes on October 16.

She is banking on your vote.

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Kenyan student collapses on Campus and dies in Atlanta

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Francis Kamau Gikaru and his son Brian Gikaru Kamau

Francis Kamau Gikaru and his son Brian Gikaru Kamau

Story by BJ Muriithi in Atlanta, GA

A first year Bachelor of Science in Medicine Kenyan student collapsed at Kennesaw State university in Atlanta, GA Tuesday and was pronounced dead moments later. According to family sources, Francis Kamau Gikaru, 30, had just left the university’s clinic where he had gone for allergy medication and was walking to his class when he collapsed.

Medical personnel who promptly arrived at the scene pronounced him dead on arrival at Kennestone hospital, 10 mile West of the city of Atlanta. In a phone interview with this KEN, family spokesperson Elizabeth Mungai said that family members as well as the Kenyan Community in Atlanta were in shock. “I have just talked to his father in Kenya and he couldn’t believe what I was telling him”. According to the wife of the deceased, Jane Wanjiru Kamau, Gikaru did not have any medical issues nor did he complain of any pains prior to the incident. Mr Kamau and his wife settled in the United States in May of last year after winning the Diversity Visa (commonly known as the Green Card). Soon after, he enrolled for a BSc. in Medicine at Kennesaw State University, a popular college with Kenyans in metro Atlanta area. He leaves behind a widow and a one year old son, Brian Gikaru Kamau. The Cobb County authorities had not released the autopsy report by the time of filing this story.

Source: http://www.kimmediagroup.com/latest-news/408-kenyan-student-dies-in-atlanta.html

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