Starfish brings life, hope and opportunity to children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa by identifying the very best community based organisations and partnering with them to ensure the highest quality care.
You can make a difference – one child at a time!
An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, as he looked along the shore, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean.
“Young lady,” he asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
“The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die.”
“But young lady, do you not realise that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference.”
The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying: “It made a big difference to that one.”
Adapted from the story “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley
PLEASE MAKE ‘My Million Miles’ COUNT! – DONATE NOW…
The South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) is in desperate need of donors from all ethnic groups and mixed ethnic backgrounds.
Without financial support the work of the SABMR would come to a complete halt and bone marrow transplantation would no longer be a treatment option in South Africa.
This is why The Sunflower Fund (Friends of the South African Bone Marrow Registry) was formed in 1999.The Sunflower Fund is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa, with a vision to give all South Africans diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders the chance of life, irrespective of their race and financial circumstances.
The Sunflower Fund’s core purpose is to educate, recruit and raise funds to build and sustain an effectiveSABMR as a viable source of well informed ethnically-diverse potential bone marrow donors so as to meet the national and international requirements and improve the chances of life-saving transplants for serious blood disorder sufferers.