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Supporting Ilaria in her loss of Julian

Supporting Ilaria in her loss of Julian

Personal message

If we are fortunate enough in our time, we will have a light come into our lives that shines so bright and with such cheer that when it goes out, our world will forever remain a little dimmer, a little greyer for its lack. And so it was with the soul that was larger than life, the one and only Julian Louw.

Juju was an artist, a firecracker, a jester and an irrepressible ball of energy and joy that lit up every room, every face in it, and infected everyone he knew with his impish humour. An eternally creative, inquisitive and playful soul, wherever you found him he would inevitably be able to pick up a mundane item lying around and in a flash use it as a prop to create a moment of hysterical farce. With a heart so open and warm, he was also that friend to whom you knew you could turn at your lowest to pour your heart out and in return get nothing but love and acceptance, of which he had a seemingly bottomless supply. 

That his circle of friends was vast and eclectic is testament to how far his pure shining light of joy was cast and how people were drawn to the life and soul of every gathering. And at any of those gatherings, if he wasn’t outrageously and stylishly dressed while delivering one of his signature one-liners, he could always otherwise be found zipping around topping up your drink (before you even knew it needed a refill) - or else happily buzzing busily back and forth, making all the empty glasses and plates somehow do a magical vanishing act.

Generous to a fault, you never left the incredible and inviting home he and Ilaria shared without at least being introduced to the latest music he simply had to play for you, or a book, a toy or some other sweet memento he felt was something that had made him think of you when he saw it. A wellspring of creativity and flair, he leaves both family and his countless friends with keepsakes, art and memories that will always carry an echo of his wink and chuckle. 

He was taken from us too soon, and too suddenly, in the early hours of Saturday 3 October 2020. And now we who were fortunate enough to have had him in our lives are left to cherish the many memories and laughs, which we will all hold dear for the rest of our lives.

But of all of us left behind with forever a Juju-shaped hole in our hearts, it’s his wife and lifelong partner Ilaria who now needs our support the most – and it’s with that in mind that this page has been set up to appeal for a show of love and support.

Your support will enable Ilaria to ride out the challenges and costs that she now has to meet in the wake of Julian’s departure. There will be challenging days and months ahead, but with our help, Ilaria will be held and helped to make it onward without her dear inimitable other half.

We now walk on without him, our lives that much poorer for the lack of him. But what is absolutely certain is that for everyone whose life he touched, none will say ‘I wish I had has a chance to say I loved him’ – because, with Julian, there was nothing ever anything left unsaid. So open was his heart that he was never shy to let you know he loved you, and so touching was his nature that there was no holding back in letting him know the same. 

The funds from this campaign will be used in the following ways (rough estimates);

* Cremation & associated costs — R 50 000.00

* Funds to assist with wrapping up Julian’s affairs — R 110,000.00

* Living expenses funds to assist Ilaria with mortgage, utilities & other bills at this difficult time — R140 000.00

Donations

  • Dec 29, 2020 - USD $ 136.81
  • "Sending you all my love babe xxx" - Fiona Brett

  • Nov 05, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    I still have no words....just love....

    " - Saai

  • Nov 05, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending love and light" - Fred and Lisa

  • Oct 31, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "With love " - Avril

  • Oct 28, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Ilaria, your love story continues. Julian is always with you...the love you shared was inspirational. Sending all my love and support, always. Mel xxx" - Mel

  • Oct 26, 2020 - USD $ 370.68
  • "We love you!" - Anonymous

  • Oct 25, 2020 - USD $ 30.89
  • "Even if for a short time, you have been one of the first friends when I moved to SA. I will never forget Julian spirit and great soul." - Tony (Finger)

  • Oct 24, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "With so muh love " - Kate and Lance

  • Oct 23, 2020 - USD $ 113.43
  • "Jules, you were the best, I love you! Sending love, strength and hugs to you Ilaria during this incredibly difficult time. Love Jan xoxo" - Janice (Soutar) Dyck

  • Oct 23, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "xxx" - Jo

  • Oct 23, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Thank you for lighting up our world, special soul!

    " - M and T

  • Oct 23, 2020 - USD $ 75.98
  • "Thinking of you in these crazy time hugs Mauro & gianrura" - Mauro & Gianrita

  • Oct 22, 2020 - USD $ 60.98
  • "holding you in our hearts" - lindy and marc algranti

  • Oct 22, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "So much love for you Ilaria. Jules, always in our hearts x " - Gia

  • Oct 22, 2020 - USD $ 60.98
  • "Dearest Ilaria, our deepest condolences. Julian will be missed around the globe. Sending the biggest love. Ellie x x " - Ellie

  • Oct 22, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Big love " - Anonymous

  • Oct 22, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "We'll miss you Jules. We're with you Ilaria" - J&Nix

  • Oct 22, 2020 - USD $ 304.88
  • "You will be missed, Julian! Lots of love and strength from Berlin, Illy. B&N" - B&N

  • Oct 22, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Always in our hearts, with Love Arnold+Ermana " - Ermana

  • Oct 22, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "With so much love, Ilaria xx" - John and Anna

  • Oct 22, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    With all our love!

    " - Leigh and Lisa

  • Oct 22, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Love & strength Ilaria Xx" - Susan

  • Oct 21, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "with love xx" - P & A

  • Oct 21, 2020 - USD $ 30.40
  • "️" - Me

  • Oct 20, 2020 - R 1 057.50
  • "Big love always..." - Cathy and Jeremy

  • Oct 20, 2020 - USD $ 304.04
  • "If there is anything we can do Illy, you know where we are. Jules will always be in our hearts and memories - words can't express the loss we feel. all our love xxx " - Guy and Chrissi

  • Oct 20, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Jules and Ilaria xxx In my heart. Always xxx" - Zani

  • Oct 20, 2020 - R 10 000.00
  • "

    With love, RK xx

    " - R&K

  • Oct 19, 2020 - USD $ 234.75
  • "With you in spirit! xoxo" - Anika & Bu

  • Oct 19, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "With beautiful love to you and beautiful memories of Julian. " - Joel and Bev Wynne

  • Oct 19, 2020 - USD $ 121.12
  • "Love and sparkles " - Sharky

  • Oct 19, 2020 - R 3 000.00
  • "Love always xxx" - M&G

  • Oct 19, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    xoxox

    " - Pam

  • Oct 19, 2020 - R 750.00
  • "

    In love and light.

    " - Suzanne &Dee

  • Oct 18, 2020 - USD $ 189.41
  • "Much love!!! " - Kevin Soutar

  • Oct 18, 2020 - R 4 000.00
  • "Love you always xx" - Hayles

  • Oct 18, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "In our thoughts in this difficult time. All our love!" - Jean & Leigh Rossouw

  • Oct 17, 2020 - USD $ 181.69
  • "Loving you and Julian is forever. " - Maryn

  • Oct 16, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "My heart is with you Both Jules and Ilaria ️ " - Susannah

  • Oct 16, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Our deepest grief to Ilaria and family - we had only a few encounters with Julian but he made a huge loving empathy on those times. With love and light from the Kantors" - Fiona & Philip Kantor

  • Oct 16, 2020 - USD $ 300.00
  • "To Ilaria, most dear cousin, with all my love" - Fulvio Chisin

  • Oct 16, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thanks for Thanks for always bringing the laughter and the light .Love you I and J. " - Leasa and Dean

  • Oct 16, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "Sending love and prayerful sympathies" - Gina

  • Oct 16, 2020 - R 1 500.00
  • "We LOVE you!" - Jasi and Chrissi

  • Oct 16, 2020 - USD $ 119.78
  • "Forever in our thoughts Julian. Big love to you Ilaria." - Joel & Robin

  • Oct 16, 2020 - USD $ 60.60
  • "All our love to Julian and Ilaria" - Anonymous

  • Oct 15, 2020 - USD $ 121.20
  • "With little hooves comes great love xxox" - Hoofy

  • Oct 15, 2020 - USD $ 30.30
  • "For pop up story books and crazy dances... With love x" - Verity

  • Oct 15, 2020 - USD $ 121.20
  • "Special, always " - Brenda Fussy

  • Oct 15, 2020 - R 4 000.00
  • "Love you xx" - C&K

  • Oct 15, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Xxx" - Sunday Barkids

  • Oct 15, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending love, Elsa xx" - Elsa

  • Oct 15, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    and whole lot of love!

    " - Patapoom

  • Oct 14, 2020 - USD $ 303.09
  • "always in my thoughts" - Tim

  • Oct 14, 2020 - USD $ 60.62
  • "Julian was truly inclusive and welcoming to all; a bright spirit who brought everyone to the party. May you find comfort in the many many arms of those who love you." - Kris & Ken

  • Oct 14, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    With love and sparkles xx

    " - Jane xx

  • Oct 14, 2020 - R 10 000.00
  • "

    We will never ever forget you and the love that you bestowed upon us

    " - Russell & Nicola

  • Oct 14, 2020 - R 10 000.00
  • "We are here , there and everywhere at any time...so much love and respect." - Bergies

  • Oct 14, 2020 - USD $ 71.80
  • "Sending love and strength xx" - Jules,Soapa and Ollie

  • Oct 13, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Same message as before... " - Marcel

  • Oct 13, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Holding you in our hearts, always..." - R&A

  • Oct 13, 2020 - R 10 000.00
  • "All loves x" - Anonymous

  • Oct 13, 2020 - USD $ 181.70
  • "With do much love" - Anoni Mouse

  • Oct 13, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Strength and love" - Nicci Bailey

  • Oct 13, 2020 - R 5 000.00
  • "So much loves. xx" - Anon

  • Oct 13, 2020 - USD $ 41.30
  • "Love&light️, cara Simona e tanto coraggio! a friend of the loving&caring Finchettes" - Lydia

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "Heartcore Love " - Jennafire

  • Oct 12, 2020 - USD $ 130.52
  • "Love and hugs " - Karl Davis

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Big love and hugs xx" - K&R

  • Oct 12, 2020 - USD $ 121.40
  • "Although we are far away, we will always be there for you " - Genee Schock

  • Oct 12, 2020 - USD $ 182.10
  • "Alla mia bella cuginetta️" - Simona

  • Oct 12, 2020 - USD $ 30.35
  • "Love always " - Hege

  • Oct 12, 2020 - USD $ 129.38
  • "Always here for you. " - Glen Nolan

  • Oct 12, 2020 - USD $ 60.70
  • "Big hugs and love to you Ilaria, looking forward to raising a glass and some hell." - Jeffrey

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "Always here if you need anything ️️️" - Jenny

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 10 000.00
  • "Juls, you lived to sparkle. You are life itself! Dearest "sister" Hilly ... loves, hugs, sleepovers, walks, silences, cry-shoulders, meals, anything you need, are here for you at any time. Xxxx " - Ali

  • Oct 12, 2020 - USD $ 30.35
  • "Will always be here to support you Ilaria, in any possible way. " - Sally Louw

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 3 000.00
  • "You're the brightest Shooting Star in the universe!" - Anon

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Darling COD we love you & are here for you xxx" - Finchettes

  • Oct 12, 2020 - R 800.00
  • "Juls may be gone but is not forgotten. Thank goodness we still have you to shine your beautiful light among us. Love you madly. xx" - La

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Donations to date

R 180 912.12

Fundraising target

R 280 000.00
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In Loving Memory Of Julian Louw Cause

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Friend, husband and artist Julian Louw passed away suddenly on Friday 2nd October, as a result of a sudden heart attack. Irrepressibly joyful, he leaves an army of friends and family behind who will forever miss his impish humour and heartfelt sincerity.

This campaign has been set up to assist his wife and lifelong partner Ilaria meet the many practical and necessary costs that lie before her - from covering funeral and memorial expenses to assisting with her daily living expenses.