2022 Charity DKMS

Together we can save more lives


KZNWIB has selected DKMS formerly known as the Sunflower Fund as their charity to support in 2022 following a nomination and voting process open to all members. All profits made during the financial year are donated to the organisation. Below is information on the association and their needs as well as ways in which KZNWIB can support them.

About DKMS

DKMS is an international nonprofit organisation dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders.

In 2020, a German based NGO named DKMS and the South African Sunflower Fund joined forces in a partnership that had the potential to change the history of stem cell transplants in South Africa and globally. The following year in March (2021), an amalgamation of the entities was announced, birthing DKMS Africa – and combining two histories of similar organisations to give hope to patients.

Our organization is dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. We raise awareness and educate the public about the need for blood stem cell donors, recruit blood stem cell donors to provide patients with a second chance at life, raise funds to cover donor registration costs and maintain a patient support fund as well as support the improvement of blood cancer therapies through our own research.

With a collective 51-year history of saving lives, in seven countries on 5 continents, we DKMS Africa pride ourselves on being the premier organisation in Africa to recruit donors. Our mission is to create awareness about blood stem cell donation and to maintain a global registry of donors who are representative of the world’s diversity and ethnic background. Our goal is to recruit an ethnically diverse registry of donors committed donors.

To find out more on how you can assist the organisation, click here or feel free to contact:

Allison Ekstrand allison.ekstrand@dkms-africa.org