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Ambassadors of Hope

Introducing DKMS Africa's ambassadors of hope who are as passionate as us about the need for blood stem cell donors and getting more patients to transplant.

Last updated: 06/09/2021

Brett Archibald
Brett is an international inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has published a book called ALONE. He has various interests in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry and he works with charities in his home town of Cape Town

Zoë Brown
Zoë is an award-winning radio presenter on The Flash Drive on KFM radio, TV presenter and host. In addition, Zoë is a talented MC, content creator and works closely with select charities in South Africa.

Ray Funnell
Ray was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2006 and received a stem cell transplant from his brother, he relapsed about a year later and endured a further 6 rounds chemo. By the end of 2008 Ray was well enough to leave hospital. In 2011 Ray embarked on a mission to climb the Seven Summits to encourage other leukaemia sufferers, raise funds for the Sunflower Fund and to promote blood donors. He is the founder of the annual Everest Challenge event.

Neil Harrison
Neil was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2016. His brother was a perfect match, after following 3 rounds of chemotherapy – Neil had a stem cell transplant in July 2016. His experience has taught him the importance of support, togetherness, and family. His role is to now play it forward. Neil sees it as his duty to be available to support patients and families – to give them hope and care.

Karen Monk Klijnstra
KMK, to those who know her well, is a South African Fashion Designer, whose design ethos is off the wall and colorful. She is a passionate supporter of many worthy causes. 2020 marking her 15th year as an ambassador to The Sunflower Fund. She is mother of four and married to Boudewijn.

Alice Leah
Alice is a KZN personality. She was the Owner and Editor of Mum’s Mail magazines for 12 years. She is a passionate and avid supporter of the Fund. She generously volunteers her time and marketing expertise, as well as her MC services, for many of our KZN events.

Lindy Lehto
Lindy is best known as the co-presenter of Smile 90.4FM’s breakfast show, Smile Breakfast. In addition to radio, Lindy is an accomplished MC and voice artist.

Eric Macheru
Eric is a former South African footballer player and a famous actor. He is known not only for his role in the hit TV series Skeem Saam but is also renowned due to his soccer talent. He is among one of the most well-known South African television personalities.

Riaan Manser
Renowned International Explorer & Author. Riaan holds two Guinness World Records and four world firsts. He has written three autobiographies based on his experiences’ called; Around Africa in my Bicylce, Around Iceland on Inspiration and Around Madagascar on my kayak.

Massimo Orione
Successful owner of Massimo Pizzeria in Hout Bay, Cape Town. As a survivor, Massimo understands how lucky he has been and he can now try to pay it forward as much as he can. His motto: enjoy life, as every day is a gift I might have otherwise missed.

Iman Rappetti
Iman is a renowned, multi award winning journalist who has published a book called Becoming Iman, radio presenter and TV host. Her passion to use her platforms for social justice, and engendering a stimulating environment for the magic of creativity.

Faizal Sayed
Faizal is a TV Talk Show Host, Media Proprietor and Social Activist – hosting The Faizal Sayed Show aired throughout Africa. Faizal has a vision of global change with an extensive social responsibility portfolio with The Sunflower Fund being a key priority.

Sharleigh Wilken
Wife to Riekert Wilken and mother to Reece and Kyle, Conveyancing and Property Development Division at Garlicke and Bousfield Inc attorneys (KZN), supporter and ambassador for the Pink Phoenix Foundation and Sunflower Fund (KZN).

Richard Wright
Richard is a three-time brain cancer survivor, author, founder and director of The Enrichment Project. He is a Johannesburg based global speaker and has a background in coaching, horticulture, law, sales, management, triathlon and real estate.

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