Sunflower Day 2017

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  My TOPE (Tube-Of-Hope)

I first stumbled upon the Sunflower fund in 2014 after a failed blood donation left me frustrated. I do not know why but my sort of charity is primarily health related, I do what I can. There are a lot of ways to give back but I was particularly struck by the Sunflower fund’s focus on building an efficient South African Bone Marrow Registry.

Why a bone marrow registry? Well we all know that cancer has become rampant across all ages and races, one way which was found to help is bone marrow transplantation. Bone marrow transplantation and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation are procedures that restore stem cells destroyed by some types of cancer, and other blood diseases like sickle cell anaemia. The odds of finding a match are 1:100 000, so there is an urgent need to get as many people (not necessarily South Africans) as possible tested, evaluated and registered because with cancer, you honestly never know.

It takes just two test tubes of blood to become registered as a stem cell donor, but it the tissue typing of each sample at the required molecular (DNA) level currently costs The Sunflower Fund R2 000 per test. Donors are asked to make a voluntary contribution to this expense, but most of these costs are covered by The Sunflower Fund’s fundraising efforts.

Once the blood samples have been analysed, the individuals’ genetic information is then stored on the SABMR’s (South Africa Bone Marrow Registry) searchable database until the prospective donor turns 60 years old, which is the mandatory retirement age.

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#I AM HOPE

So let’s say for some reason you are unable to donate some stem cells, worry not. This is where the Sunflower Fund gets creative. For some years they have released bands and other items available for purchase usually from any Pick n Pay across the country, which goes to the fund. You can also make a direct donation on their website  http://www.sunflowerfund.org.zaThey also run school competitions to get children involved in the fight against cancer.

This year there are the Topes on sale in different colors, they are multi purpose so the whole family can join in. They can be used a sweatband, mask, scarf , etc and if you happen to be my size, you can wear it as a boob tube like I did in the featured photos.I like the I AM HOPE caption that comes on them, it appreciates the little you spend and how that is part of a bigger picture that can save a life. 15 September 2017 is Sunflower Day, save the date and look into what you can do to support an organisation set on saving as many lives as possible.

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love how I made this to work for me

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Day 28

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What is your zodiac sign and does it for your personality?

I do not believe in the horoscopes and hence I do not know which sign I am. I don’t believe it possible to truly believe in God and the horoscope. For a better break down of my beliefs please follow this link:
http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story4396-signs-of-the-zodiac-change-god-doesnt

Day 27

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Do you want to be famous?

No I don’t want fame. I do not believe it is as glamorous as we are led to believe. There’s nothing worse than having mush- minded individuals following your every move and passing judgement, as if they’re done and dusted in the art of life.

I want to be a remarkable poet amongst other things and if fame comes with it then so be it. But no self respecting person should seek fame. I am honestly convinced that it is quite similar to selling your soul to the devil.

Be humble , keep your head down and achieve your dreams. I’m old school like that.

Day 24

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Write about your worst injury:

I think I was about 6 at the time and I couldn’t ride a bike yet. Whenever he was feeling generous, my brother would let me pull a wheelie. I used to always think of it as an adventure until one day I got too excited and my foot got stuck in the spokes of the back wheel.

I still haven’t felt anything nearly as painful as that injury. It was excruciating to say the least, but I did get the best treatment to compensate. Believe it or not, I remember it fondly now because I got my favorite cereal and all.

Day 23

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Letter to your future self:

Dear Chimbandi

There better be a few titles in front of your name by now, talk about pressure from your past.

Be you but whatever happens, no matter how much you do not like me, do not forget where you came from. You wouldn’t be where you are or as wise as you are without my mistakes.

Forgive but do not forget. If you’re different from who I imagined myself to be then it’s quite alright. I don’t mind as long as you’re happy. Change is the only constant we have and if you’ve adapted to the changes in your life, keep your chin up and make sure you’re happy.

I love you already.

Day 20

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Things you like and dislike about yourself:

I’ve never really thought about what I like about myself, I just try to be a good person. I like my hands and feet. 

I really don’t like my temper, I try to work on it as much as possible. I am very emotional and though it comes with it’s perks I find myself wishing it wasn’t so.

Day 19

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Your opinion on cheating on people:

Nothing real and worthwhile has ever been built on deceit. Half the time the sneaking around and all is not necessary, had the truth been out to begin, there would be no problem.

When people around you cheat, not just in your relationship, but friends and family too, it’s heartbreaking. You can’t help but question just where you went wrong. It’s wrong in that most of the time you’re not the problem, but deceit has a Nack for making good people drained and absolute.

Cheating is wrong and it plays with your emotions in the wrong kind of way.

Day 17

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How have you changed in the past two years:

It just so happened that two years ago I moved to a country that I’d never been before to pursue my degree.

I worked and studied for two years whilst trying to mature as a poet, all I can say is it isn’t easy. I am definitely not the same little girl. I picked myself up enough times to know that I got this, life and it’s challenges.

I’m not the first student to earn their living and study full time, I was just the only one my roommate, floor mates, classmates, or anyone within an ear shot of had ever seen.

They pitied me, there’s nothing worse than having your hustle pitied for, when it should be respected. With time I made a few descent friends, I kept in touch with good old ones and my family (we’re pretty tight knit). With time I learnt to be proud of what I was achieving, slowly but surely.

All in all, during the course of 2017, I’m learning how I’ve grown, now that I’m back home again. I can tolerate the heat more than I used to. It sounds trivial,but until you’ve gone to Namibia do not judge me.I’m quick to walk away from negative energy and mindless chatter. All in all, I believe I’ve grown into a better rebel.

Day 16

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What makes you different from everyone else:

Let’s start with my fingerprints, I’ve been told no two people can have the same, hehe. 

Next up, how I also don’t aspire to be anyone else but the best possible version of myself there is. I have people who inspire me, people I look up to bit it’s always just something, not everything. I believe this has helped me balance imitation and inspiration.

My experiences also have a part to play. My niece has a lot of aunts but none like me. Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen. A variation of it yes, probably, someone out there can relate, but not fully comprehend.

I think some of the little things also differentiate me from everyone else, like if we’re close, like genuinely close, I’m pretty sure noone else makes you feel the way I make you feel. There’s usually that extra something people who get to know me receive, I think it’s how they interpret my existence.

If the reasons above do not convince you, if you have the opportunity, get to know me better, I guarantee a unique experience.

Day 15

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A moment you were most satisfied with your life:

I don’t think it’s possible for me to be entirely satisfied. I read this question and it seems like such a foreign concept.

I cannot visualize myself satisfied, better yet more than one moment. My mind is in constant turmoil, the most I can get to satisfaction is peace of mind.

I am usually most at peace after I’ve intimately conversed with my Creator, preferably after studying the word on my own and gotten a deeper understanding.

I hope this answers the my blog challenge request. Honestly this isn’t easy.