Paint eMalahleni yellow

Sunflowers are spectacular flowers, and now the prominent people of our city will each have one.

Ms Jackie Simonato, Hospital Manager of Life Cosmos Hospital received a sunflower on Monday, July 24. What makes this lady even more special is that she is registered on the bone marrow registry, to donate bone marrow.

In order to raise awareness of Sunflower Day, a company in town decided to start raising awareness about this upcoming event.

Highveld Mall has gone out of their way to encourage citizens of our city to give a donation to this cause. They have decided to offer companies a free logo advert on the six in-mall digital display screens (30 seconds) situated at all six main entrances for two weeks, from after September 15.

Your company can benefit from this if you donate R2500 to the Sunflower Fund and if you have supplied proof of payment and a high resolution logo to

Funds must be directly transferred into the Sunflower Fund.
WITBANK NEWS reported on Friday, July 21 that they are a non-profit organisation dedicated to creating awareness, educating the public and facilitating the registration process for people to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).

Donations from different races and cultures are of the utmost importance, because donor matches depend on tissue types, not blood types and these inherited genetic characteristics are often more frequent in a particular race group. It is therefore important that people of all races register as donors, so that all patients have the opportunity of finding life-saving donor matches.

Ms Jackie Simonato, Hospital Manager at Life Cosmos Hospital receiving a sunflower from Ms Rose Chetty, General Manager of Business and Community Development at a local company in eMalahleni, on Monday, July 24. This is to raise awareness for Sunflower Day on September 15.

Ms Susan Esterhuizen, from a local business in town said:

“Do not wait until you have a friend or family members that need a blood stem cell transplant. Be a hero and call 0800 12 10 82 to register with the SABMR and visit the South African National Blood Service on 15 September at Highveld Mall. One donation can save a life.”

If you are too scared of needles, make a cash donation to the Sunflower Fund and help pay for a willing donor.

For more information on how to get involved or to make a payment to the fund, please contact the Sunflower Fund from Monday to Thursday between 08:30-16:30 on 0800 12 10 82 or on 021 701 0661. On Friday, they can be reached between 08:30-14:00, on the same numbers. Alternatively, an email can be sent to

Melissa Nel

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