Annual Sunflower Fund Fun Run / Walk

2018-09-18 06:00
Sunflower Fund’s Allison Ekstrand, Steph Berry, Xolani Hlongwane, and Tanith King.PHOTO: Graham Carruthers Photography

Sunflower Fund’s Allison Ekstrand, Steph Berry, Xolani Hlongwane, and Tanith King.PHOTO: Graham Carruthers Photography

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THE Sunflower Fund’s Allison Ekstrand, Steph Berry, Xolani Hlongwane (Donor Recruitment Specialist), and Tanith King are gearing up for the Annual Pick n Pay 5km Fun Run / Walk in support of The Sunflower Fund, which is taking place on Sunday, September 16 at 9.30am. The entry fee is R60 and includes a 2018 Sunflower Day Tope (Tube of Hope).

The Sunflower Fund in KZN will be holding a mobile donor drive and is appealing to the public to further register as a stem cell donor at the event and give the hope of life to affected patients. Donors have to be between the ages of 18 and 45, weigh over 50kg with a BMI of 40 and less, lead a healthy lifestyle, and be willing to help any patient in need.

The run/walk starts at the Amphitheatre in front of Suncoast and runs along the boardwalk to the Durban Spa Vacation Resort and back. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

Registration takes place at Pick n Pay Customer Service Desks at Cornubia, Durban North Hyper, La Lucia, Pavilion and Umhlanga Crescent on September 8 and September 15 between 10am and 5pm; at the Suncoast Amphitheatre on Saturday, September 15 from 1pm to 3pm; and the Suncoast SUNdeck on Sunday, September 16, from 7.30am to 9.00am.

For online registrations visit

Prize-giving will take place directly after the race and several substantial lucky draw prizes will be awarded.

People of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate as all money raised will enable The Sunflower Fund to create awareness and education about blood stem cell donation, recruit more blood stem cell donors, grow the patient support fund and maintain a registry of committed donors. This in turn means greater hope of life for patients who are diagnosed with life-threatening blood diseases and who are in need of a blood stem cell transplant from a matching unrelated donor.

The Sunflower Fund would like to thank Pick n Pay, Suncoast and Round Table Natal North Coast for making the event possible and for their continued support.— Supplied.


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