#Save 7 Campaign Launch

It’s Thursday the 13th of November 2014, Rite Studios heads to Gallo Manor to cover a press junket for The Organ Donor & Spur Foundation’s. Graciously, the Silver Pines Spur have provided the venue and you can immediately tell that the big wigs from Spur are passionate about this moving cause.

Allen Ambor the Executive Chairman of Spur Corporation was among the first to greet the team. First impression was that this man or rather ‘philanthropist’ has a passion for life and a fervour that can only be defined as an appreciation for ‘A taste for life!’

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Allen opens the press junket by introducing us to a lovely girl by the name of Jenna Lowe, who could not be there in person due to the fact that she has an extremely rare, degenerative and life-threatening condition called Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Jenna is currently undergoing arduous 24/7 treatments and our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Jenna is an incredibly inspirational young lady and we should all show her our support by checking out her #GetMeTo21 campaign.

One of the main reasons we are all here today is about raising awareness on organ donation in SA. Spur foundation and ODF are about to launch an exciting new campaign called #Save7. #Save7 is a Facebook, online and mobile based application, with the aim of getting people in SA to register as organ donors. If you had the power to #save7 of your closest friends, who would they be? One Organ Donor can #save7 lives, we all have the ability to do this and become superheroes!

The speakers have all been heartfelt and moving and there are a lot of people wiping their eyes and clearing their throats. Among the speakers was Mosa Mphore, a kidney transplant recipient and Founder & CEO of an NPO, the Open Eye Foundation, which aims to build a healthier and more informed nation by sharing information and raising awareness on organ donation in SA. 

Alice Vogt, double lung transplant recipient spoke about cheating death and even talks about it on her own blog which documents her entire journey http://livinglifebreathlessly.blogspot.com/.   

Dudu Mosethle, awaiting a kidney transplant and is actively involved with ODF and creating awareness for South Africans.

Ntsoaki Sakhela, transplant coordinator at one of the state hospitals is an active supporter and forerunner of organ donation especially among the African communities.

Debbie Horak, who tragically lost her in July this year, bravely got up and described how her family had to make the toughest decision of their lives decision for her son to do one more act of kindness by donating his organs. She is a remarkable lady and will do whatever it takes to create awareness about organ donation in SA.

Only 0.2% of SA's population are registered as organ donors, which is a shocking statistic when compared to the United States where 37% of the population are registered donors. South Africa is desperate for donors. You can make a difference. Become an organ donor and #Save7 lives....

For more information visit;

[Website]: www.odf.org.za, www.save7.co.za, www.jennalowe.org, www.getmeto21.com

[Facebook]: www.facebook.com/organdonorfan

[Twitter]: @I_Am_AreYou_SA

Written by: Jonty Herman