THE Sunflower Fund initiated its annual Sunflower Day campaign 16 years ago to get individuals involved in the fight against blood diseases. The campaign, which is anchored by the sale of the Tube of Hope (Tope), a multipurpose accessory, is aimed at raising funds for the recruitment of blood stem cell donors to give the hope of cure to patients diagnosed with life-threatening blood diseases like leukaemia who are in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant.In support of the campaign, The Sunflower Fund is inviting schools across the country to enter the school’s competition. The competition requires schools to get involved in celebrating Sunflower Day, and the top three winning schools will win a share of more than R30 000 worth of prizes which includes cash, vouchers and a trophy sponsored by Pick n Pay, Van Schaik Book stores, Wolf Trophies & Engravers, BIC and Living Maths, to name a few.To enter, schools need to sign up at https://www.sunflowerfund.org/sunflowerday and click on the schools competition tab.The competition closes on Sunflower Day, which is September 20. Submissions will the evaluated by an independent judging panel based on the following criteria: Number of topes bought in relation to number of pupils at the school and the gees displayed by school in their celebrations on the day. For the past two years, schools in Mpumalanga, Western Cape and KZN have taken the top honours and bagged the prizes. The Sunflower Fund pays for the cost of the DNA test to register a donor, which costs R3 100 per donor. All funds raised through the Sunflower Day campaign go towards these costs.TOPES are now on sale, retailing for R30 at Pick n Pay stores nationwide, selected independent pharmacies and online at Zando (while stocks last).The design is inspired by the coming together of various African cultures, bringing hope of finding their life-saving match to patients in need of a stem cell transplant. The Tope comes in six vibrant colours, each symbolising hope and depicting “Hopetags”.“Hope tags are a series of hash tags that will be used throughout the campaign as labels that unite and empower us, rather than the divisive labels that society has become accustomed to,” said Kim Webster, head of communications at The Sunflower Fund.Get your favourite hope tag colour and make a statement in support of individuals with blood diseases.WHAT’S YOUR #HOPETAG? Blue – Confident Pink – Courageous Yellow – Optimistic Purple – Selfless Green – Strong Orange – BraveTo partner with The Sunflower Fund as a host for a Sunflower Day celebration event, to make a donation or to set up an awareness talk and donor drive at your school, contact Traci Sassenberg at 021 701 0661 or firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more about The Sunflower Fund, visit www.sunflowerfund.org or phone 0800 12 10 82 or WhatsApp 074 715 0212. — Supplied.