We support the Sunflower Fund
The Sunflower Fund, a National Non-Profit Company (NPC), is the only organisation in South Africa dedicated to creating awareness, educating the public and handling the registration process for people to join the South African Stem Cell Registry (SABMR). The Sunflower Fund pays for the test cost of people joining the SABMR.
By increasing the number of donors listed on the national database, this offers hope to children and adults diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders. Higher numbers on the Registry increase their chance of finding matching stem cell donors in order to undergo life-saving stem cell transplants.
What We Do
Education, awareness, recruitment and testing of donors are inextricably linked. The one activity cannot happen in isolation of the other. In order to continue this valuable work, The Sunflower Fund relies solely and requires ongoing assistance from the general public and Corporate SA.
It takes just two test tubes of blood to become registered as a bone marrow stem cell donor but it costs The Sunflower Fund R2000 to tissue type that sample at the required molecular (DNA) level. The blood samples are analysed and the individuals data is then stored on the SABMR until the age of 60 years old.
The Sunflower Fund educates and registers stem cell donors. We fundraise to cover the recruitment costs to grow a healthy, effective, ethnically diverse South African Stem Cell Registry of committed donors.
No one should die because there is no match.