Celebrating men at Strathmore University
On the 19th of June in 1910, more than a century in the past, the first Father’s Day celebrations were organised by Sonora Smart Dodd in honour of her father. Every so often, we undervalue the particular roles we play in each other’s lives; that is why it took a daughter to appreciate a father. Therefore, it is necessary that we appreciate those who impact our lives in a positive way. On the 13th June 2019, in anticipation of Father’s Day which was to officially take place the subsequent weekend, Strathmore University organised a men’s cocktail at the Student Centre Building to appreciate men.
The occasion was organised by the University’s Human Resource department with the intention of not just celebrating fathers, but all men in their individual capacities, which included the sons and brothers who make up part of the University’s staff complement. The moderator at the event was Mr. Hans Kipkorir who steered the occasion smoothly from beginning to end.
The event was organised around three key note speakers who discussed issues that are pertinent to and pervade most experiences and challenges that men undergo in life. Mr. Edward Mungai, the first key-note speaker, addressed the men in his candid description on how goal-setting allowed him to experience a fuller life through embracing a healthier perspective on life. In his address he further reiterated how his commitment to his family as a father and as a husband provided him with ample motivation to achieve a holistic balance in life.
In harmony with the previous speaker’s address, Mr. Raymond Mutura supported the importance of putting family first, whether as a son, a husband or a father. His words painted a vivid image of how problems, solutions, happiness and sadness are just some of the ingredients that make up the bitter sweet soup of life. His call to all men was to openly embrace every experience with an open mind if we are to actively grow into the roles that our interactions with others place us in.
The final key-note speaker was Fr. Charles Mundia who in his brief address blessed the occasion and offered the attendees spiritual and practical advice that would nourish their minds and hearts in equal measure. Thereafter the, closing remarks were made by Mr. Raphael Karanja from the Human Resource department gave his vote of thanks. Thereafter, the occasion went on into early evening where the attendees got the chance to interact with each other in the comfortable setting of the rooftop at the Student Centre Building.
This article was written by Neville Otema
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