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Project information

Share a Little. Save a Life

75% of patients suffering from leukaemia are under the age of 25. In order to survive, most of these patients will need to have a bone marrow stem cell transplant from a matching donor.
The odds of finding a match are 1:100 000. We have 65 500 donors! Help us increase this by sponsoring a donor.

3 years

Charity information: The Sunflower Fund

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  • Need


    The Odds of finding a match are 1:100 000. The SA Bone MArrow Registry has 65 500 donors currently. We need to recruit 100 000 donors per ethnic group in South Africa which equates to 400 000 donors at the least.
    The cost to tissue type each donor costs The Sunflower Fund R1000 per donor recruited. We are raising funds to pay for these tests to ultimately save more lives.


    By increasing the Registry to 100 000 donors per ethnic group, we are increasing the odds for a patient of finding their donor match. We are giving patients the opportunity to a longer and healthier life.
    Without the work of The Sunflower Fund, there would be very few bone marrow stem cell donors on the Regsitry as we are the only NGO in SA that educates, recruits and tests potential donors

    We need the support of the public and companies around the world to ensure that we continue this work.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The Sunflower Fund aims to recruit at least 100 000 new stem cell donors, per ethnic group in SA


    » The Sunflower Funds creates awareness through fundraising events, donor drives and education at companies and schools across South Africa and Namibia.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...seeing the increase in calls to our call centre. Success would be to increase the number of black, coloured and asian donors on the SA Bone Marrow Registry.

  • Impact


    The odds of a patient finding a matching donor is 1:100 000. If we increase the registry to 100 000 donors per ethnic group in South Africa than we are increasing the odds for these young patients and giving them an opportunity to life. The only way to survive Leukaemia is to have a bone marrow stem cell transplant from a matching donor. We need the public to help us save more lives and we need finacial assistance to pay for the tissue typing tests so that we are able to grow the Registry.


    The Sunflower Fund screens all potential donors before they give their blood sample and join the SA Bone Marrow Registry. All donors need to be healthy and between the ages of 18 and 50. If a donor is a match for a patient, then the donor has to undergo a full medical examination to confirm a healthy status.


    The Sunflower Fund is nown for our prompt reporting. We have a funding division that handles all the reporting and feedback to prospective donors. Financial donors will receive a full report on the money spent, with images to go with it.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £338,625

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      Amount Heading Description
      £207,250 Tissue Typing DNA Blood Tests
      £17,250 Advertising Posters, pens, clipboards, adverts pamphlets
      £114,125 Event COS Event Expenses, venue hire, sound, lighting and catering
  • Background


    The Sunflower Fund educates and recruits potential bone marrow stem cell donors from all over South Africa, Namibia and a few other countries in Africa. Leukaemia is not specific to any race or age group. It can affect anyone.

    We have our head office and call centre set up in Cape Town and two donor recruitment offices in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.


    All patients suffering from leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders. 75% of patients are under the age of 25. 75 % of patients will need to look on the South African Bone Marrow Registry to find their matching lifesaving donor. Leukaemia affects all races and all age groups. It is vital that we recruit and test donor from all ethnic groups to provide an opportunity to life for all patients suffering from leukaemia. We need to continue spreading the seeds of Hope to save more lives.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Sunflower Fund is the only NPC in South Africa that educates, recruits and tests bone marrow stem cell donors.

    There is only one call centre for this to be done and it is at our head office in Cape Town.
    We have built up amazing relationships with our local blood services who assist us by drawing the blood and seding it to the testing labs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tina Botha

    Tina Botha (CEO) started The Sunflower Fund when she lost her son to leukaemia in 2000 after a 3 year battle. The fund celebrated 10 years in 2010.

    Tarryn Corlett-Boden

    National PR Manager who lost her brother to leukaemia. Passionate and dedicated to helping save more lives.

Picture of patients wearing our Bandanas

Picture of patients wearing our Bandanas


will pay for 1 donor to be tested

Help The Sunflower Fund build a state asset that will protect future generations and provide hope to current patients suffering from leukaemia.

Tina Botha (CEO)