|9-year-old Marwan, from Sudan and living in Dubai, had been suffering from high pulmonary pressure and fibrosis in the lungs and needed urgent surgery. Unfortunately, his parents were struggling to fund the life- saving treatment.
The team at I Love Supersport Dubai, a UAE-based endurance training sports school, heard about young Marwan’s difficulties and organised a fundraiser ‘Challenge 50/50/50’ to support him. The aim of the challenge was to celebrate the UAE’s values of giving on the 50th National Day by raising AED 50,000 to fund Marwan’s surgery.
Endorsed by the Dubai Sports Council and coinciding with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, 50 sports enthusiasts swam, biked, and ran for 50 consecutive hours, covering a total distance of 2,511km which is equal to the distance from Dubai to Khartoum, Marwan’s hometown.
Thanks to the I Love Supersport Dubai heroes’ incredible efforts and successful challenge, Marwan was able to undergo surgery right away and is now well on the road to recovery.
Marwan’s parents are overwhelmed but the incredible support they have received by the athletic community in Dubai: “We cannot thank Al Jalila Foundation enough for the support and all the kind strangers that became family. We are overwhelmed with emotion to find out how the community rallied together to help our son”.