The Sunflower Tope, a symbol of hope

Alana James, CEO of The Sunflower Fund.

CELEBRATION is the focus for the month of September, and The Sunflower Fund is urging all South Africans to save the date, 15 September, to do something to make a difference to patients needing a blood stem cell transplant.

The action is simple – buy your TOPE (Tube of Hope) and celebrate Sunflower Day.

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A TOPE is an appealing, trendy and multi-purpose accessory product which can be worn as a headband, mask, scarf, cap or arm band. TOPES will be available at Pick n Pay stores across the country and Namibia, or online at Zando during August and September for R25 each.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Its ordinary people who do the most extraordinary things that make a real difference”.

“To see our TOPES being worn with pride is not just an honour for us, but a salute to our survivors, our fighters, our memories of loved ones; it is a show of support, a symbol of Hope.” said Alana James, CEO of The Sunflower Fund.

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The Sunflower Fund will again be running its school’s competition.

“Youngsters across SA are able to play their part by helping us to raise funds and awareness for the need to recruit donors for stem cell donation,” added James. To find out more about the competition visit



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