An open letter to SA leaders, government and communities

2019-02-20 06:00

FELLOW Leaders in Government and Business in South Africa,

As I’m sure is the case of many leaders across the country, I spent last Thursday evening listening to President Cyril Ramaphosa­ delivering the State of the Nation address with keen interest as an active contributor to the economy and the social impact sector in this country...

The fight against blood diseases has for a long time been a little known or understood body of work only really embraced by individuals when it affects someone close to them in their business or personal lives.The Sunflower Fund has, for the past 19 years, been part of this fight by recruiting (bone marrow) blood stem cell donors... A year ago, like our beautiful country, we as an organisation set out on a path of growth and renewal... and as I sat and listened to our President’s words, as we reflect on the year that has passed, we can attest to meaningful progress; I was and am filled with optimism because yes, it has been a year of meaningful progress for us too.

Fellow Leaders,

Just as South Africans who are eligible to vote have been urged to register, I urge all government and business leaders who are under 45 years of age to register to become blood stem cell donors...

Fellow South Africans,

I call upon every South African to make this cause your own. If you are between the ages of 18-45, contact The Sunflower Fund and register as blood stem cell donors. It will cost you nothing except a voluntary donation if you are in a position to donate...

I conclude by reiterating the words of Theodore Roosevelt, who said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...

Mr President you are right, we all have a role to play as individuals... Will you, our servant leaders, respond to a call to step up and support a fight for freedom from disease?

Register to become blood stem cell donors, fund the fight against blood diseases and use your influence to encourage your staff and party members to help us save lives. We at The Sunflower Fund are counting on you.

On behalf of the many patients living in hope, I thank you.

Kim Webster — The Sunflower Fund.

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