The Big Sunflower Project
Now in its third year, The Big Sunflower Project aims to raise awareness of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy by growing sunflowers.
Why a sunflower?
Sunflowers have been prominent in the design of our website for some time now. They were chosen for the cheery and positive outlook they convey, growing to such dizzy heights, as if they are on a mission to touch the sky and nothing can hold them back.
To get you started
Once again, The Information Point is giving away sunflower seeds to anyone in the UK and Europe wanting to take part. Unfortunately we are unable to send seeds outside Europe but would love people in these countries to grow a sunflower also. Those living in Canada and the USA can now take part in The Big Sunflower Project Canada and USA. All that is asked in return, is that people send photos of their sunflowers, so they can be included in our photo galleries on Facebook and Flickr, so raising awareness of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy.
Get others involved to raise awareness for CNM / MTM
We are keen to hear from individuals and affected families and hope that those taking part will share their seeds with family, friends and neighbours. We would also love to hear from organisations such as schools, churches, youth groups and community groups - say brownies, guides and scouts, who would be interested in growing sunflowers as a group project. It is hoped that the project will educate people about centronuclear and myotubular myopathy - both those who grow the sunflowers and those who see the photos, as well as being a bit of fun.
What happens next?
It is hoped that by around August we will begin to see our sunflowers bloom and over the coming months we hope that people will share photos of their flowers as they grow too. Don't forget, when posting or emailing your photos to tell us something about you, how you heard about The Big Sunflower Project, where in the world you grew your sunflower, why you decided to take part, how tall your sunflower grew and any ideas you have come up with to use your seeds to make a difference to the lives of those with centronuclear and myotubular myopathy, so that we can inspire others to take part.
How do I get some seeds?
To obtain your sunflower seeds, please email your name and address with the subject line 'The Big Sunflower Project'.
Want to know more about growing sunflowers? Here are some useful resources:
Sunflower seeds can be planted anytime from March - June. They like to be kept moist and enjoy lots of sun. We hope everyone will have fun growing their sunflowers and look forward to seeing and sharing the varied and colourful results of everyone's work later in the year.
A big thank you
The Big Sunflower Project 2013 has been made possible by Tuckers Seeds, Packet Seeds, Thompson and Morgan, Suttons Seeds, Asda and Wedding in a Teacup.
To keep up with The Big Sunflower Project throughout the year, please
most recent newsletter.
Download our flyer (PDF, 266.71KB)
Visit The Big Sunflower Project on Facebook
The Big Sunflower Project 2013 on Flickr
View our photos from 2011 on Flickr | View photos from 2012 on Flickr