Capetonians both old and young gathered at the Mouille Point Lighthouse on Sunday, 18 September, for the Sunflower Foundation’s first ever fun run/walk.
This initiative was aimed at raising awareness for 14 year old Reza Price from Westerford High School who is suffering with leukaemia.
“Unfortunately he is unable to find a donor and his quality of life will not improve unless a donor match is found. It is imperative that we make awareness around getting more people to join the registry of donors.” said Sunflower Foundation CEO, Tina Botha.
The fun run along the Sea Point promenade, kicked off at the Light House and carried on to Saunders Rock and back. All of the entrants sported bandanas to show solidarity for those leukaemia sufferers who have lost their hair.
Medac and Rockets sponsored sunflower branded yellow UV protective arm sleeves for the first 400 that entered. Medac and Rockets merchandise was also sold on site in a bid to raise more funds for the foundation while each of the runners made a contribution of R50 towards the cause.
“Despite the wind and rain on Sunday over 1000 entrants partook in the occasion, and together with Medac we managed to raise a considerable amount of funds for the Sunflower Foundation” said Botha.
The Sunflower Fund is a non-profit organisation that educates and recruits potential bone marrow stem cell donors in an effort to prevent suffering and save lives from life-threatening blood disorders like leukaemia.
For more information on the Sunflower Fund please contact:
Head Office – Western Cape
Telephone: 021 701 0661
Call Centre 088 12 10 82
Fax: 021 701 6790