Julie Gichuru celebrates her primary teacher with a warm message as she turns 97

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Veteran journalist Julie Gichuru has been through many schools in her life as a young girl. She has been at St Christophers School in Nairobi, Green Herald in Bangladesh, India, Karen C school in Nairobi and finally, one that she’ll never forget because of how it changed her life: Loreto Convent Msongari where she completed her lower primary.

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At Msongari, she was ushered to a catholic lifestyle and became a passionate Christian thanks to one teacher called Sister Breid.

Julie took to her instagram to celebrate Breid who was celebrating her 97th birthday with a very lovely message and thanking her for shaping her life.

Julie Gichuru’s praises her elderly teacher

Sister Breid (in the blue shawl) was the sweetest, kindest & gentlest soul of all the Nuns that taught me at Loreto Convent Msongari,” said Julie on her instagram post.

“She was incredibly beautiful, I often wondered why she became a Nun (I hereby acknowledge that I had some misplaced notions). She taught our class catechism & told us to pay attention to the Lord’s will and heed God’s call, should He ask us to serve Him as Nuns. As a result I prayed very, very hard, asking and pleading with the Lord never to call me to serve as a Nun, but to allow me to serve in other ways! ?Sister Breid had a passion for children and walked around the school with a collection box for Children Helping Children, we would raise funds to help other children in need. It was important, noble work & she did it with focus & dedication!

She went on to add;

In class we would hear her walk past because she always shook her collection box and the coins clinked together loudly, alerting everyone of her presence & reminding us to find something for the collection box. She was so persistent and constant in this noble endeavour we fondly but cheekily called her Penny Lover. Each time she walked by we’d break into song, “Penny Lover don’t you walk on by…” ?She helped shape me and I thank her and honour her. Today she is celebrating 97 years of life. Thank you Lord for blessing her sweet soul with such a blessed and beautiful life!
Happy Birthday Sister Breid ???? Thank you for reminding us Kari Mutu ?”

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