Our Story

Origins of Fleur du Soleil

Fleur du Soleil was founded by Tina Botha in 2015 when she decided to pack up her home in Cape Town, bringing along a painting of sunflowers and move to Franschhoek. It was here where she found her peaceful serenity, now known as Fleur du Soleil, which we are sharing with you.

The original painting “Sunflowers of Hope” was completed by Tina’s late son Chris Corlett in 1999, before he passed away from acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 17. Chris underwent the first unrelated allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant on the African continent. It was Chris Corlett’s wish that the South African Bone Marrow Registry develop and grow, so that future leukemia sufferers may have the opportunity to live a healthy life.

His fortitude and willingness awakened a flood of public support, which resulted in the birth of The Sunflower Fund, an NPO setup to increase the Registry, to help save the lives of patients diagnosed with life threatening blood disorders.

Simple, bold and strong, the sunflower is a universal symbol, used by many organizations around the world, always as a symbol of light and strength and hope.

Our wish is for you to be inspired by the symbolism of our name and logo as you relax and drink in the beauty of the area and the tranquility of Fleur du Soleil – the Flower of the Sun.

 

Of all things bright and beautiful, the sunflower stands tall.

Always lifting its head, always looking up, always seeking the warmth and the light.

What better symbol of hope than a “Sunflower” in a world, which is so often dark;

And made darker still by the onset of a tragic illness?

Simple, bold and strong, it is a universal symbol, used by many organizations around the world,

Always as a symbol of light and strength and hope.