Set Ablaze Conference – City Story
July 30, 2019
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
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We met with Nadine Wright and Sam Jordt from Nation Changers who gave us an idea of what its about and to hear more of their up and coming event, the Set Ablaze Conference. The aim of the event is to create awareness of the good work that 22 NGO’s are doing in the communities of Durban and Upper Highways area. This event will encourage people to come alongside these NGOs to make a lasting impact on our society.

What is Nation Changers?

They are a PBO (Public Benefit Organization) that is an arm of City Hill Church. Nation Changers has been empowering the community for about 7 years, feeding the poor, caring for the sick, upskilling people to be self-sustaining and supporting education.

Education is one of their focus areas, as they understand that what they do today in children’s lives will positively impact future generations. They work into 13 different crèches and teach reading in 3 primary schools using the Neema Gateway to Reading Program. They teach extra math lessons at a high school and also facilitate an ECD teaching training program run by Margie Dunn. We heard a testimony of a lady who is currently studying so she can open a crèche in her area in Inanda.

They are involved in feeding the community by working with Joint Aid Management distributing porridge. In addition to that, Nation Changers Meal packs deliver about 2000 packs (20,000 meals) a month to crèches and impoverished households. The Clothing box receives donations from Drake Clothing, to help upskill women who buy, fix and re-sell garments which

Who should attend the Set Ablaze Conference?

Anyone with a heart to help can attend, whether you are a volunteer, NPO or businessperson. Everyone, regardless of age or capabilities, can do something to help. Most of us want to help in some way but don’t know where to start, as there are so many needs around us. Nation Changers make it easy to get involved in a number of different ways. The projects are not as overwhelming as they have a start time and end time. People willing to be volunteers can join this “Community of Courage” along with other ordinary citizens to make an extraordinary difference. Last year alone, they had 794 volunteers involved in 263 projects.

Nation Changers link arms with other NPO’s, working in partnership. The vision ultimately is to make a difference in peoples’ lives. But without funds, none of this incredible work would be possible. If your company is willing to donate, you will receive an 18A Tax Certificate for your contribution, this makes your donation tax-deductible. For more info click here.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead


• Steve Wimble: CityHill Lead Pastor
• Nadine Wright: Head of Nation Changers
• Cindy Norcott: Entrepreneur & Founder of The Robin Hood Foundation
• Candace Davidson: CEO of Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust
• Eric Tocknell: Entrepreneur & Founder of CityHill Church
• Rod Spencer: Entrepreneur & BEE Expert

To attend the Nation Changers event, Set Ablaze Conference, happening on 02 August, sign up here.

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