Sunflower support: Vergelegen donates R5000 to blood cancer organisation

by Tia

Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West is proud to announce a donation of R5000 to DKMS Africa, an organisation that provides blood cancer patients with a second chance at life.

Vergelegen attracts visitors from far and wide every year, not only for its exceptional wines and hospitality, but also for its fields of breathtaking sunflowers that bloom annually near the popular Stables family restaurant.

Vergelegen has developed a bond with DKMS Africa as the organisation is a merger between the German non-profit DKMS, and the former South African non-profit organisation Sunflower Fund. Sunflowers have become associated with people and organisations that support blood cancer patients.

This contribution, the second Vergelegen donation to DKMS Africa, is part of the estate’s commitment to making a positive impact in the community, said Vergelegen marketing manager Caroline van Schalkwyk.

“Our annual sunflower planting represents hope and renewal, which aligns perfectly with the DKMS Africa mission to fight blood cancer and support those affected by it.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the support from Vergelegen,” said DKMS Africa head of community engagement and communications Palesa Mokomele. “Such contributions are vital in helping us continue our work and to bring hope to those battling blood cancer and blood disorders,” stated senior fundraising manager Tlatsetso Palime.

The sunflowers at Vergelegen are now past their prime, but the estate plans to maintain its close ties with the organisation, said van Schalkwyk. 

Find out more about DKMS Africa:

Visit Vergelegen: Hours are 08h30-17h00 (last entry 16h00). The entrance fee is R20/person, or R10/pensioners and scholars. Pensioners enjoy free entry on Mondays. Find out more on and social media, email


  1. Giving hope: (Left to right) Vergelegen marketing manager Caroline van Schalkwyk, DKMS Africa head of community engagement and communications Palesa Mokomele, DKMS Africa senior fundraising manager Tlatsetso Palime, and Nicki Barnard, personal assistant to Vergelegen managing director Wayne Coetzer.
  2. Blooming beautiful: Vergelegen visitors Cecilda van der Merwe and Dawn Noemdoe, with the Vergelegen sunflower fields in the background.
  3. Spectacular sunflowers: Sunflowers bloom near the Stables restaurant at Vergelegen.

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