A group of individuals that have come together to help seasoned actor Eric Mabedi raise funds for his kidney transplant surgery says it is awaiting for a response from potential sponsors.
The group, operating under the name Friends of Mabedi, has set out on a mission to raise over K20 million which is needed for Mabedi to travel to India to have the surgery as per the recommendations of his doctors at Mwaiwathu Hospital.
Publicity secretary for the group Higger Mkandawire said the committee has intensified its bid to raise the required sum to facilitate Mabedi’s to travel to India.
“People and organisations have enquired on how they can come in to help and we have given them the freedom to help whatever form they feel possible according to their purse. Nothing concrete on the table yet but we are keeping our fingers crossed,” he said.
He indicated that the team is continuing with its series of meetings so that they can come up with a well-documented line of initiatives they can undertake to raise funds for the cause.
Mkandawire said: “First we needed to bring this issue in the public domain so that everybody is aware of the condition of our brother and what we are doing as a response. Now that we have created the awareness, we hope to start on a good footing.”
Mabedi on his part said several individuals, including public figures, have been calling him to explore how they can help.
“Just this morning I got a call from Mr Uladi Mussa. The former president Dr Bakili Muluzi called me as well a day ago. It remains my hope that eventually something will come up to enable me to travel for the surgery,” he said.
The actor was diagnosed with diabetes as far back as 1994 and has been surviving on self-injected insulin. Lately he has been undergoing dialysis at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital. n