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Exclusive: Kenyan couple share their love story that started with a piggyback ride

If there is one thing that Mr Sammy Cheruiyot, whose marriage proposal to Ms Rosline Marisin in Australia last week caught the eyes of many, will forever thank God for is the 2017 Madaraka Day Gala.

The function was organized by Isaiya Kabira and Lucy Muringo Gichuhi a Kenyan woman who served as Senator for South Australia from 2017 to 2019.

“If it was not for that gala, then I could have not met the love of my life. This are some of the advantages of attending Kenyan functions organized here,” Mr Cheruiyot, an automotive electrical technician, told Nairobi News.

Mr Cheruiyot said they started interacting as the function went down, and since that day they have never looked behind.

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“I remember she had heels which became challenging given that we needed to walk from the Gala place to a Kenyan club in Adelaide, which was some distance away, so I ended up giving Rozy a piggy back ride part of the way, and I knew from that night that she would one day be my wife. We kept in touch as friends and the rest is history,” Cheruiyot recalled.

During the proposal, Ms Marisin, a nurse by profession, thought that they were just attending a normal dinner as they used to, only for things to turn out differently.

Sammy Cheruiyot and Rosline Marisin. PHOTO | COURTESY

The proposal took place at Barossa Valley which overlooks the vast grapevines with Barossa Helicopters in Australia.

The Barossa is one of the world’s great wine producing areas, boasting more than 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors. In fact, it’s home to the world’s oldest continuously producing shiraz, grenache, mataro, cabernet sauvignon and semillon vines. Rich reds are renowned here, as are fortified wines.

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Dressed in a black trouser, white sweater with matching black stripes and a long grey trench coat, Mr Cheruiyot went down to his knees with a ring in his hand.

Ms Marisin, said she did not believe the experience and for the love the two shared she had no option but to say yes.

Sammy Cheruiyot and Rosline Marisin. PHOTO | COURTESY

“If there is something that has always kept us going is the fact that we shared a lot of hobbies which include, love for adventure, reading novels and that our goals and future plans appeared to be similar,” she said.

As soon as she said yes to the proposal, the next moment the two were riding in a chopper destined for a photo shoot and the images made rounds on social media as people expressed their love for all they saw.

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Mr Cheruiyot said the kind of love his fiancée gives to her two daughters made him realise that she would make the best mother to his daughters as well.

Asked how much the proposal cost them, Mr Cheruiyot said he would not be comfortable to share the details.

The couple said in the next 10 years they hope they will be running their business and have time to tour the world.

Mr Cheruiyot grew up in Bomet County before he moved to Nairobi when he was an adult.

In 2016, he was lucky to leave the country for Australia where he is now based while Ms Marisin grew up in Eldoret Town, Uasin Gishu County. She moved to Australia in 2017.

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