Courage of cancer patients inspires DUT students’ bandana designs

2013-11-13 00:00

THE strength and courage of cancer patients have inspired a group of design students to come up with designs for the bandanas sold this year in aid of the Sunflower Fund.

For the first time since the competition began, the winners, and second and third prizes, all went to students from the same institution — in this case, the Durban University of Technology (DUT).

Winners Megan Dube (24) from Glenwood and Michelle Bain (21) from Durban North said the inspiration behind the design for national Bandana Day was cancer patients both past and present. It took them five months to complete the project.

Bain said through the patients’ courage, more people are becoming aware of how serious a cancer diagnosis is and what it is like to live with cancer.

Dube added that with this design they hope to inspire more people to support both fighting cancer and finding treatment for those who are already living with cancer.

She said the prize was not the reason for doing this, but the decision was solely for the benefit of others.

Dube and Bain each won R 2 500 in prize money.

Second place went to Ashleigh Moorgas (21) from Glenwood and Anil and Kiara Goundler from Westville who each received R1 500 worth of shopping vouchers.

In third place were Kendall Cocking and Ashleigh-Lee McEwan, who each received R1 000 worth of vouchers.

Moorgas said their design symbolised “how we as society are interconnected despite our differences”. She said it was a way to show leukemia patients that they were not alone in their suffering.

The Sunflower Fund raises money for the national bone marrow donor registry.

Spokesperson Stephanie Berry said this year over R4 million was raised throught National Bandana Day.

The students were commissioned to design a bandana to be sold to support the work of the registry, which matches bone marrow donors for leukaemia patients.

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