Lead SA hero Jenna Lowe has passed away

Jenna Lowe was posthumously awarded the regional Youth Hero award at a ceremony in Cape Town on 1 August 2015. The award was accepted by her mother Gabi Lowe.

This is an update to an earlier article on Jenna Lowe. She died on 8 June following complications arising from pulmonary arterial hypertension and the challenges of having had an organ transplant.

The search for a suitable donor resulted in a campaign to get more organ donors registered and by 9 June just under 5 000 had done so.

Pippa Hudson paid tribute to her in the audio below.

CapeTalk's John Maytham pays tribute to Jenna Lowe:

In 2012, when Jenna Louw was 17, she was diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, an extremely rare and severely life threatening lung disease. By the age of 19 it became clear that she needed a lung transplant if she was going to make it to her 21st birthday.

To improve her chances of finding a donor she launched the “Get Me to 21” campaign. She created a website and posted a video to YouTube in which she asked everyone who watched to become an organ donor. In return Jenna invited all donors to her 21st birthday, if she made it.

Click on play below to watch “You are invited to Jenna’s 21st Birthday Party” on YouTube:

She found a donor and had the operation in December 2014. The operation was a success but the risk of complications meant she had to remain in hospital for months after the operation.

Jenna Louw was the LeadSA Western Cape youth leader for October 2014. Click here to learn more.

Click on play to listen to CapeTalk presenter Kieno Kammies talk to Brent Lindique, the man who nominated Jenna for the Lead SA award, about the great news.


Recommended

by THE NEWSROOM

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
LISTEN: Tannie Evita predicted Ramaphosa would be president in 1994

LISTEN: Tannie Evita predicted Ramaphosa would be president in 1994

Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout shares her thoughts on SA's new president.

'We look forward to an uplifting Sona' - Naledi Pandor

'We look forward to an uplifting Sona' - Naledi Pandor

Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor expects Sona will outline the NEC's plans for improving the country.

Patricia de Lille: I'm determined to clear my name of corruption

Patricia de Lille: I'm determined to clear my name of corruption

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, speaks out, following her survival of Thursday's DA motion of no confidence.

Water and Sanitation Dept kicks off #SaveWater campaign in Cape Town

Water and Sanitation Dept kicks off #SaveWater campaign in Cape Town

The department is encouraging all South Africans to keep saving water as parts of country grapple with one of the worst droughts.

It's all systems go for #SONA2018

It's all systems go for #SONA2018

Parly spokesman Moloto Mothapo says everything is ready for the State of the Nation Address which is scheduled for Friday.

Gabi Lowe: Jenna was a gift

Gabi Lowe: Jenna was a gift

John Maytham speaks to Gabi Lowe, in an emotional and inspiring tribute to her daughter Jenna.

Popular articles
‘Maimane, Malema will find Ramaphosa harder to deal with than easy-target Zuma’

‘Maimane, Malema will find Ramaphosa harder to deal with than easy-target Zuma’

Afternoon Drive’s Stephen Grootes interviews Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Security Studies Judith February.

Hawks video shows fugitive Ajay Gupta leaving SA

Hawks video shows fugitive Ajay Gupta leaving SA

The Hawks are in possession of video footage showing Gupta, wanted in connection with Vrede dairy farm scandal, leaving SA.

Eusebius says EFF misread the moment by walking out on President's election

Eusebius says EFF misread the moment by walking out on President's election

Eusebius Mckaiser asked callers what they thought of how opposition parties conducted themselves in yesterday's election.

LISTEN: Tannie Evita predicted Ramaphosa would be president in 1994

LISTEN: Tannie Evita predicted Ramaphosa would be president in 1994

Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout shares her thoughts on SA's new president.

Zwane, Dlamini, Muthambi and Gigaba may be axed in Ramaphosa reshuffle - journo

Zwane, Dlamini, Muthambi and Gigaba may be axed in Ramaphosa reshuffle - journo

Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to reshuffle the Cabinet as he takes over from Zuma and makes his mark the National Executive.

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife says abuse allegations spread by EFF leader Julius Malema are an attempt to tarnish his reputation.