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Annual Jade Sky Hike goes digital in 2020

Sunflower Fund fundraiser

Ian Tyrer, Shannon, Shay and Ian Preston with Mandy Tyrer. Pictures: Supplied

Sunday, June 28, 2020 has been earmarked as the day to stand in solidarity with those courageously fighting cancer and other life-threatening blood diseases by joining in the 13th Annual Jade Sky Memorial Hike.

This year for the first time the hike will be a cyber-based campaign. Event pioneers and organisers, Ian and Mandy Tyrer of Maritzburg Tutor Centre, in association with The Sunflower Fund, are excited to continue the momentum even under lockdown conditions.

In memory of Jade Preston

2020 is of special significance, as Jade Preston would have marked her milestone 21st birthday on June 17 and The Sunflower Fund celebrates its 20th anniversary. The physical hike is held each year in memory of Jade Preston who passed away from leukaemia at the tender age of eight.

Organisers and supporters of the Annual Jade Sky Hike.

The hike was initially held to raise funds in support of Jade’s brave fight but it has since been held in her memory after she succumbed to her illness. This commemorative walk aims to “celebrate life and to remember those who were challenged by cancer and to support those being challenged with cancer,” says Mandy Tyrer.

The hike appeals to outdoor and hiking enthusiasts as well as families and individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Because of the social gathering restrictions due to the Covid-19 virus, this year’s event will take the form of an online challenge. Interested participants are encouraged to make a donation of R50 via EFT or bank deposit toward the event and e-mail a photo of their personalised hike or walk to the organiser on Sunday, June 28, who will then post their photo to the Jade Sky Hike 2020 Facebook page and share them across The Sunflower Fund’s social media pages.

Create your own hike

Supporters are challenged to create their own meaningful hike or walk near their homes – making it creative, adventurous, exciting, fun, challenging or funny.

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Funds raised will be split between patients and families affected by cancer as well as The Sunflower Fund, to help the organisation create awareness about the need for blood stem cell donors, plus recruit and maintain a registry of donors committed to helping anyone in need of a life-saving transplant. This in turn means greater hope of life for patients affected by blood diseases such as leukaemia.

**For bookings or more information on the event, contact Mandy Tyrer on 082 459 6095 or e-mail mandytyrer@vodamail.co.za. For more information on The Sunflower Fund or how to become a blood stem cell donor, please visit www.sunflowerfund.org or call 0800 12 10 82.

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