The Big Sunflower Project

The Big Sunflower Project aims to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular conditions known as centronuclear and myotubular myopathy by asking people to grow a sunflower and share their sunflower photos on social media. The project was established in 2011 following my dad and me being diagnosed with centronuclear myopathy. 

Young girl watering sunflowers.

I have always loved the way that sunflowers grow to such dizzy heights, as if they are on a mission to touch the sky and nothing can hold them back. It occurred to me that many charity fundraising and awareness raising type projects involved people doing something physical – being sponsored to run, swim, climb or bicycle, something that even I, although ambulatory, would not be keen to do. However popping a seed in a pot and nurturing it for a few weeks was something most people could do, whatever their physical ability and that was very appealing to me, because it meant that those diagnosed with centronuclear and myotubular myopathy could take part too.

Baby and sunflowers.

Since 2011 participants have grown sunflowers across the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the USA, Costa Rica, Argentina, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Croatia, Hungary, Sweden, Austria, Lithuania, Greece and Poland. Sunflowers have been grown in gardens, on allotments, by schools, hospitals, community groups and even in a vineyard.

2022 is the twelfth year of the project and it feels as if growing sunflowers has an added importance too, as sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine. So as always, project sunflowers will be grown to raise awareness of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy but also for the people of Ukraine.

Giant sunflowers and scarecrows.

If you would like to join in, taking part is easy. 

1. Buy a packet of sunflower seeds.
2. Plant a seed in a sunny spot, water regularly and watch it grow.
3. Take a photo of your sunflower and share on your favourite social media platform using

Sunflower and teddy bear.

Further information

Want to learn more? Visit The Big Sunflower project website below.

© Toni Louise Abram at Izzy Wizzy. All Rights Reserved.

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