Kelvin Murunga Makau

I got involved with the Award for the first time when I was 14 years. That was at Starehe Boys Centre and School where I joined the President's Award Scheme, which was a club at the school. I took the Award during the 4 years I was a student at the school, that is from 2014-2017. I completed the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels while a student at the school. I proceeded to become a leader at the school's Award Unit.

After high school, I was admitted to pursue a law degree at Moi University. I was able to introduce the Award to the Moi University Annex Campus. There, I have been involved with the award as a volunteer and award leader.

The most important lesson that I can draw from my experience is the need for persistence. My experiences have taught me that success is not based on moment excitement but on long term commitment. It is persistence that carries the day. Moment excitement is like quick sand. A house built on quick sand cannot withstand wind and storms. On the other hand, long term commitment, persistence, resilience and perseverance are like solid rock. A house built on solid rock withstands all the harshness of nature. Likewise, dreams supported by commitment, persistence, perseverance and toughness withstand the test of time and come to be realized.

There are moments when I felt like giving up, be it in a tough adventurous journey, or when it gets all dark when running the award. But I've learnt that the secret lies in holding on, because it always gets better thereafter. Indeed, I can correctly say that through the Award, "I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned;" but everything comes to the persistent."

Other values that I have acquired courtesy of the award are voluntary service, team work, good planning, self esteem, confidence, creativity and adaptability, problem solving among others. Equipped for life indeed.