Memorial to be held for Jenna Lowe

2015-06-20 11:24
Organ donor campaigner Jenna Lowe. (Facebook)

Organ donor campaigner Jenna Lowe. (Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Jenna Lowe's story encourages South Africans to become organ donors

2015-06-09 13:48

20-year-old Jenna Lowe passed away on Monday, six months after receiving a bilateral lung transplant. During her life, she lobbied for South Africans to become organ donors. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - A memorial service will be held on Saturday in Cape Town for organ donor campaigner Jenna Lowe, who died earlier this month.

According to an open invitation from Jenna's family, the memorial would be held at Herschel Girls' Senior School sport centre at 14:30.

"We will commemorate and pay tribute to an extraordinary life," the family said in the invitation.

They asked that those attending wear "a touch of red" and bring something small to put into Jenna's memory box.

This could be anything from a quote, a card, picture or a wise word.

Jenna died on Monday June 5, aged 20. In 2012, aged 17, she was diagnosed with a rare lung disease called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a degenerative, life-threatening condition, according to her website

Her “Get me to 21” campaign was intended to encourage people to sign up to become organ donors and help her find a new pair of lungs. She received a double lung transplant on December 10 2014.

Speaking to News24 a day after his daughter's death Stuart Lowe said Jenna made organ donorship her “crusade” after discovering how few organ donors there were in South Africa.

At the time, Lowe said over 20 000 people had signed up to become organ donors as a result of Jenna’s campaign and he anticipated that another 20 000 would sign up following her death.

As if to prove his point, by 11:50 on June 6, 4 922 people had signed up to become organ donors, according to a counter on her website,, 40 minutes later this had increased to 4 950.

Samantha Nicholls, executive director of the Organ Donor Foundation had said a total of 17 476 people registered to become organ donors between October last year and March this year due to Jenna’s campaign and the additional media coverage.

This was almost double the 9 599 people who signed up in 2012/13.

About 4 300 adults and children were currently waiting for organ and cornea transplants in South Africa.

Less than 600 receive a transplant each year.

Read more on:    jenna lowe  |  cape town

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.