Nelson Tshabalala is a burn survivor. He was burned when he was 5 years old and his mother tragically died in the fire, saving his life.

In the years to follow, Nelson met Bronwen Jones, his ‘mama’, and the founder of the Children of Fire – a local charity dedicated to providing medical treatments for young burn survivors.

Bronwen was able to get Nelson the medical attention he needed- surgery for his face and hands. And through Children of Fire, Nelson was able to travel to Britain and locally to visit other burn victims he had grown up with.

Nelson recently finished his Matric and wishes to study International Relations because of his passion for the world, meeting foreign volunteers and he would like to represent his country.

It is Nelson’s 18th birthday – and there are a few things on his birthday wish list. Including,

  • To take Mama, Fernando and 10 burn survivors to have breakfast at Flames restaurant.
  • A smartphone
  • A water-resistant watch

Hot Cares wants to make Nelson’s 18th birthday truly memorable. So, we contacted an anonymous donor who has organised for Nelson and his family and friends to go to Flames for a birthday breakfast! We also spoke to Christina at Bakes and Blooms and they will be sending Nelson a stunning birthday cake. Hot Cares has also purchased a Fossil watch and Huawei Y7 smartphone.

And we’re not finished… Nelson and a friend will be taken for a drive in a Ferrari, including lunch and goodie bags all sponsored by the team at Sefac!