Climb Everest and fight cancer at the same time

Thandulwazi Tshisa showing off the Sunflower Fund's bandanas.

Ever wanted to climb Everest? Well now you can from the comfort of your own home while supporting a good cause.

The Sunflower Fund is calling for the public to support its Steps4Hope challenge to raise funds at a time when many NGOs are reeling from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Sunflower Fund is a donor recruitment centre and stem cell registry. It helps patients with blood cancers such as leukaemia and other blood disorders who are in need of a life-saving blood stem cell (bone marrow) transplant, by growing and maintaining an ethnically diverse registry of donors committed to helping anyone in need of a transplant.

One of The Sunflower Fund’s most successful fund-raising events is the Everest Challenge, which was initiated by a transplant survivor, who subsequently summited Everest and continues to support the cause.

Steps4Hope, is modelled off the idea of The Everest Challenge, which aims to replicate the distance from the base to the summit by climbing stairs in a team relay totaling 8 848m.

The Sunflower Fund is bringing the challenge to your home. It is much easier than climbing Everest, but fun all the same.

Get the family involved and get moving. You need to complete roughly 12 000 steps to cover the distance.

How to get involved:

Visit www.givengain.com/c/sunflowerfund and sign up as a fund-raiser to show your support and involvement.

Share the link with your friends and family and get them to support The Sunflower Fund for every step you complete towards the challenge.

Share photos and videos of your/your family’s efforts as you tackle your 12 000 steps and add obstacles to make it more challenging for yourself.

Post your videos on Social Media, tag @SunflowerFund and use #Steps4Hope in your post.

It costs The Sunflower Fund R3 100 for each donor it recruits. All funds raised will go towards subsiding these costs as well as to grow the patient support fund, through which The Sunflower Funds assists patients with the cost associated with getting to transplant.

For more information about becoming a donor or how to support financially visit www.sunflowerfund.org, or you can WhatsApp to 074 715 0212 or call 0800 12 10 82.