3 Continents, 3 Disciplines, 3 People – to save a life

My friend, Emmanuel Mallepogu suffered from total kidney failure last year July. Since then, he is on dialysis, but losing strength. He needs a kidney transplant.

He and his family do not have the means to pay for this. Just to get on the list to be considered for it, he has to put down 4 lakh Indian rupees which is equal to ZAR 80,000 or USD 6,000. In order to get the surgery, he has to pay a total of15 lakh. This includes about 11 lakh of hospital and doctor's fees and 4 lakh for food, accommodation, dialysis, transport and other daily needs in Vellore where they do not have a home. (They are living in Vellore for the time being until the surgery can happen)

He is only 44 years old. He is married to Shilpa and has two teenage sons. He has been and still is a helper and an encourager of many. He has such a humble and gentle spirit and is still full of hope. The reality is that he is desperately ill.

So three of us decided that we cannot just sit still and do nothing so this is the plan: I will run 70 kilometres here in India, Nicolai, my brother, will ride his mountain bike 210 kilometres in South Africa and Marie Bosman will swim 7 kilometres in the US on the 3rd of December 2016.  Through this we hope to raise some funds and we are asking you to get involved.

You can give my clicking on "Donate Now" on this page. You can share this cause with others. You can run/bike/swim with us and encourage others to do the same. You could be a sponsor and get some marketing mileage for your brand. You could pray for Emmanuel and also for us. We put our trust in Jesus Christ.

I am Stephan van der Merwe, a South African citizen who have been in India for 14 years together with my family. I work for a software development company Global Pueblo Sourcing as CTO. Emmanuel's brother, Jaison, is an ex-colleague of mine. All three of us have been going to the same church for many years.  My kids and Emmanuel's kids grew up together. 

See the letter from the hospital below:

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4th December 2016
4 December

Yesterday was D-day for the three of us. I (Stephan) was part of a group of 11 runners who completed 71k. It took me 8 hours and 52 minutes.
Nicolai and a friend cycled 211k in 14 hours and 02 minutes.
Marie swam 7k in 2 hours and 31 minutes.

Read this report about it. https://runningwithafriend.com/2016/12/04/71k-run-done/

We have received a lot of support during the last week or so. As I write this the total is 150000 which is just 50000 short of the initial target. We are so encouraged by the effort that people have put into organizing and participating in these events.

We thank the Lord Jesus (who is also called Emmanuel, by the way) for the power and love and purpose that only He can give. We believe that our friend, Emmanuel, will get his kidney transplant and have many more happy and productive years to live.


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raised of Rs.200,000 goal

53 Supporters

23 Days to go

Payment options: Online, cheque/cash pickups

Beneficiary: Emmanuel Mallepogu info_outline

Supporters (53)

joyshri donated Rs.2,500

Get well soon...God be with you.

Rooney donated $10

May healing come!

MTB donated $136.36

Donations gathered during the 210km MTB. Emmanuel, may God Bless You and your family!

Sarvpreet donated Rs.500
The Finns donated $25

Wishing you good health and a speedy recovery

Marie donated $100

Was an honor to swim for this cause. With all our love and prayers to Emmanuel.