On Friday February 3rd an unveiling ceremony of the Alumni Avenue was held at Waterford Kamhlaba, starting at 1830 hrs. until late in the evening. The evening turned out to be a celebration of giving as speaker after speaker put emphasis on the value of giving. First to raise the bar was keynote speaker for the evening, Noah Nkambule, a Waterford Kamhlaba alumnus (1965-1970). He made a splendid speech, imploring alumni members to continue making donations to the school, saying, “My humble background was not a hindrance for me to get quality international education at WK. I applied for admission here and was offered a place to study through the scholarship program. I later came to know that someone in Canada was paying while Swaziland Railway also paid part of my tuition at WK. That is why I continue to give to the school and support it in whatever way I can.” He encouraged other alumni to dig deeper into their pockets and give back to the school so that they can support other young people get a life-changing education at WK.
Banele Nkambule, the event’s MC and another alumnus, who was also a scholarship student at WK, mentioned that he would not have got the opportunity to study at WK and eventually in the US if it wasn’t for the scholarship program. “These donations made by alumni, donors and others help a lot; I encourage everyone to give and every gift counts, he said.”
The school principal Stephen Lowry thanked everyone for coming and for making the Alumni Avenue a huge success.
The brief unveiling ceremony took place next to the library wall where the bricks engraved with names of alumni donors are placed. The Alumni Avenue gives WK alumni a chance to have their names written on the walls of Waterford Kamhlaba. This Avenue aims to encourage giving back to the Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA family, as well as giving the school alumni an opportunity to leave their mark on campus.
After the unveiling of the avenue, participants had refreshments inside the school’s CCLD.