Congratulations to Tarryn Corlett-Boden, Carol Wathen and Jozelle Steenkamp for sending us such inspiring stories as part of our Faces of Philanthropy campaign. These stories show how different people are involved in working for a better South Africa. Along with being featured on Philanthropy SA and in our upcoming newsletter, these three individuals will each receive a FREE six month subscription to FundingFinder, Inyathelo’s online donor directory.
A mother’s love
Tina Botha started the Sunflower Fund after her 17-year-old son died of Leukaemia. The Sunflower Fund has provided hope to many South Africans and people around the world by successfully raising funds needed for the South African Bone Marrow Registry. Tina's dream was to combat the odds (1:100 000) for patients suffering from leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders by finding matching donors. There were only 800 donors on the South African Bone Marrow Registry when her son was searching in 1999. Currently, the register has over 64 500 donors thanks to the efforts of the Sunflower Fund.
Read more about the Sunflower Fund on their website: http://www.sunflowerfund.org.za/
At the age of 10, Andrew Jackson has completed his second Argus Cycle tour to raise funds for weekly literacy classes at Diepsloot Combined School. The funds assist parents and teachers at his school, St. Peter’s, to continue their volunteer work at the school in Diepsloot. Andrew also approached his father Rob and asked him for support. Rob has completed eight Argus Cycle Tours on behalf of the Dads Charity Challenge, which is a registered non-profit organisation that donates money to the Sunflower Fund, Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, The Gauteng Down Syndrome Association, Employability, and the Fulton School for the Deaf.
Read more about the Dads Charity Challenge on their website: http://www.dadscharity.co.za/
Giving children a better future
Sadie and Julian Cutland decided to reach out to other parents who were going through the same ordeal they did when their young daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 1979. They started Childhood Cancer Foundation S.A. (CHOC) in support of the wellbeing of children suffering from cancer. CHOC offers accommodation, transport and psycho-social support programmes.
Read more about CHOC and its programmes on their website: http://www.choc.org.za/