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Kenya 7s’ Patrick Odongo appeals for help to raise Ksh1.5m for sick dad

Monday, February 26th, 2024 11:44 | By
Kenya 7s speedster Patrick Odongo scores at the Dubai Challenger Series. PHOTO/World Rugby
Kenya 7s speedster Patrick Odongo scores at the Dubai Challenger Series. PHOTO/World Rugby

Kenya 7s winger, Patrick Odongo, is seeking for help to raise Ksh1.5 million to cover his father's medical expenses.

In a statement issued by Kenya 7s, it was revealed that Odongo's father, Joanes Okongo Orondo, urgently requires corrective heart surgery at the Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital, with the procedure estimated to cost Ksh 1.5 million.

Odongo's support

Kenya 7s are appealing to Kenyans, especially the rugby community, to contribute towards this essential cause.

LG/SJAK Sports Personality of the Month for September Patrick Odongo receives a trophy from LG East Africa Marketing and Digital Manager Glenda Achieng (L) with SJAK Deputy President Erick Njiru at RFUEA grounds. PD/Phillip Kamakya
LG/SJAK Sports Personality of the Month for September Patrick Odongo receives a trophy from LG East Africa Marketing and Digital Manager Glenda Achieng (L) with SJAK Deputy President Erick Njiru at RFUEA grounds. PHOTO/Phillip Kamakya

"Join us in solidarity as we support Patrick Odongo's father, Joanes Okongo Orondo, who is scheduled for corrective heart surgery at the Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital. He urgently requires Ksh 1.5 million to cover the expenses, and we appeal to the rugby community and compassionate Kenyans to donate to this critical cause," the statement stated.

Donations can be made to Paybill number: 400200, account number: 428991 (George Owino Orondo).

Okongo will need 18 pints of blood for the surgery, and individuals willing to donate can visit the Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital for blood donations.

"Furthermore, 18 pints of blood are needed, and we encourage individuals to donate blood directly at KUTRH for patient Joanes Okongo Orondo. Blood group O+ is required. Every contribution counts towards saving a life. Let's stand together in this time of need," Kenya 7s emphasized.

Impressive Odongo

Despite facing personal challenges, Odongo has been a key player for Kenya 7s. He lost his mother in 2023 before the Olympics qualifiers, yet he went on to become the top scorer for Kenya 7s, scoring seven tries, including two in the final match against South Africa, securing Kenya's qualification for the Olympics.

Kenya 7s (Shujaa) players huddle, PHOTO/Kenya Sevens/Facebook
Kenya 7s (Shujaa) players huddle, PHOTO/Kenya Sevens/Facebook

He also showcased his talent in the Safari 7s, scoring in the final, and excelled in the World 7s Challenger Series, scoring 11 tries for Shujaa as they emerged champions in Dubai.

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