A moment's silence for Jenna Lowe, the youth award regional winner that passed away on 8 June 2015.
Over the last year, Lead SA has called on the public to nominate ordinary South Africans doing uplifting work in their communities.
Each month, two regional heroes are profiled on LeadSA.co.za as well as on CapeTalk and sister station KFM – one of them being a youth hero under the age of 21. These individuals often seek no praise but their contribution to make the world a better place deserves recognition.
To coincide with Lead SA’s 5th anniversary, the regional Western Cape heroes were announced at Primedia Broadcasting Cape Town on Saturday, 1 August.
Congratulations to Western Cape Lead SA Hero, Marlon Parker. Jenna Lowe received the Western Cape Lead SA Youth Hero award posthumously. Her parents, Gabi and Stuart Lowe, accepted the award at the event.
Founder of Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs), Marlon was born in Silvertown on the Cape Flats. He has never allowed his circumstances to hinder his journey to a life of success and, most importantly, significance. RLabs which has its main hub in Athlone is an environment for community driven innovation and reconstruction. Its model includes establishing Youth Cafes in communities – a concept that has been adopted in 21 other countries.
The Lead SA Hero Programme is an opportunity for us to say thank you to those who selflessly work towards making a difference. Both Marlon and Jenna have achieved so much and inspired countless South Africans to take up the call to Lead SA.— Primedia Broadcasting Cape Town Station Manager, Colleen Louw
Jenna was diagnosed with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a degenerative, life-threatening condition, at the age of 17. Through the Jenna Lowe Trust, her family made every effort to acquire the right medical care to improve Jenna’s quality of life. Despite the tireless efforts of her family and friends, Jenna’s health deteriorated and she passed away earlier this year.
With the selection of the monthly winners in both categories we have been blown away by the level of commitment and dedication of the Lead SA heroes. Jenna and Marlon represent the epitome of what Lead SA stands for – active citizenry by ordinary South Africans making a difference in our country.— Cape Argus this morning. Editor, Gasant Abarder
The regional Gauteng winners will be announced on this afternoon and the overall winners will be honoured at Lead SA’s #ChangeMakers Conference in Johannesburg on 15 August 2015.