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 Posted: Fri Apr 8th, 2011 12:49 pm
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About The Sunflower Fund

The Sunflower Fund was formed in 1999 in support of the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) and was inspired by Chris Corlett and Darren Serebro’s heroic struggle against leukaemia. It was formed by parents whose children had contracted leukaemia, and in some cases had lost their battle against it. Their aim was to secure financial support in order to increase the number of bone marrow stem cell donors in South Africa. With the odds of finding a donor being 1:100 000, the idea is to expand the registry to at least 100 000. You can help by joining the SABMR. All you have to do to be registered on the SABMR is to give two tubes of your blood. We need your fast response and long-term commitment.

The Sunflower Fund aims to educate and recruit a viable source of well-informed potential bone marrow stem cell donors who are ethnically diverse, in an effort to save the lives of those needing a transplant when suffering from life-threatening blood disorders. It strives to maintain the associated donor records of the South African Bone Marrow Registry.

Raising Funds
The Sunflower Fund carries the full responsibility nationally for raising the funds needed to meet the costs of all tissue typing of bone marrow donors for the purposes of increasing the SABMR and has played a major role in enabling the SABMR to expand dramatically from 1 200 to over 64,000 donors over the past 9 years. The Sunflower Fund is a well governed organisation managed by a highly competent Board of Directors comprising of individuals with a variety of skills and expertise. (Current Board comprises of Mr. G James (Chairman), T. Botha (CEO), Dr M. du Toit, Dr D. Ncayiyana, Dr J. Rossouw, Y. Naidoo , I. Wheeler, B. Jessop.

The Sunflower Fund, originally founded in Cape Town in 1999, has launched Donor Recruitment & PR centres in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal, which help in the ongoing recruitment of donors, educating the public and fundraising events to ensure the SABMR continues to increase in numbers, demographic representation and quality of donors typed.

Dedicated Staff
A passionate and dedicated team of staff now runs the Fund and a number of committed volunteers assist with the national call-centre, all awareness drives and fundraising events. Many recruitment drives are held at schools and corporate companies throughout South Africa . Pathcare and Ampath continue to take blood samples of new donors on an ongoing basis in the Western Cape. The South African National Blood Service (SANBS) continues to take blood samples of new donors in KZN, Gauteng and Northern Province regions. The NHLS and the SANBS continue to do the tissue typing tests for us. The Sunflower Fund could not operate without the wonderful support and co-operation received from the SA National Blood Service, NHLS, Pathcare and Ampath.

Fundraising Events
The past year has been an exceptionally busy and productive one with regard to fundraising. Fundraising events during the year included our signature events: Annual Sunflower Golf Day, Miles for Marrow Cycle Ride, annual Sunflower Ball and National Bandana Day campaign. Many smaller events are held around S.A. throughout the year.

The Sunflower Fund thanks Pick 'n Pay for their ongoing commitment to National Bandana Day, where every South African is encouraged to wear a bandana to work, university or school to show their solidarity with those fighting leukaemia and to raise funds for tissue typing. The Minister of Education, Ms Naledi Pandor and Sunflower patron, The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town , endorse National Bandana Day.

The Sunflower Fund is committed to the continued recruitment of new donors, in full support of the SABMR, in order to reach our mutual goal in the interests of all South Africans suffering from life-threatening blood disorders such as leukaemia.

Call Toll free: 0800 12 10 82
or visit their website

Last edited on Mon Apr 11th, 2011 12:58 pm by tyrrell