THE SUNFLOWER FUND  –  and Cat Simoni


Have a fabulous evening with Cat, while contributing to a worthwhile cause ... have fun, with heart!

Have a fabulous evening with Cat, while contributing to a worthwhile cause … have fun, with heart!

And here is WHY you should be spending the evening with Cat …

The South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) is in desperate need of donors from all ethnic groups and mixed ethnic backgrounds.

Without financial support the work of the SABMR would come to a complete halt and bone marrow transplantation would no longer be a treatment option in South Africa.

This is why The Sunflower Fund (Friends of the South African Bone Marrow Registry) was formed in 1999. The Sunflower Fund is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa, with a vision to give all South Africans diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders the chance of life, irrespective of their race and financial circumstances.

The Sunflower Fund’s core purpose is to educate, recruit and raise funds to build and sustain an effective SABMR as a viable source of well informed ethnically-diverse potential bone marrow donors so as to meet the national and international requirements and improve the chances of life-saving transplants for serious blood disorder sufferers.

Sunflower Achievements

So far, our efforts – with the support of many others – have increased the donor numbers on the SABMR from a mere 1,200 in 1999 to 67 875 as at 30th September 2014! Also, since April 2003 to 30th September 2014, The Sunflower Fund spent R26 438 827.49 million on tissue typing throughout South Africa. This is a wonderful achievement, yet more needs to be done.

Due to the 1:100 000 chance of finding a compatible donor, at least 100 000 donors are needed for a Registry to function effectively and in South Africa, the Registry should ideally have 400 000 donors representative of all ethnic groups.

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