Tapping and Sinagra mums going the extra mile to Guatemala

Kate Bergersen and Claire Rogerson aim to help orphans in Guatemala. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d447148
Kate Bergersen and Claire Rogerson aim to help orphans in Guatemala. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d447148

FRIENDS Kate Bergersen and Claire Rogerson are leaving their families to volunteer in Guatemala next month.

The mums will spend two weeks helping at an orphanage in the Central American country.

Ms Bergersen, of Sinagra, volunteered in Ghana the previous year and her friend Ms Rogerson, of Tapping, said she wanted to join her on the next trip.

“We’re taking time away from our kids; it’s a massive deal for us to go over and do that,” Ms Bergersen said.

“Our kids think that is wonderful, so hopefully we’re teaching them to give.”

The duo will help in whatever way they can at the orphanage, from washing clothes to assisting at meal times, as well as spending time with the children.

“Interacting with the kids is such a beautiful thing. I’ve got so much love to give (and) they’re such beautiful kids, they deserve love,” Ms Bergersen said.

“It makes me feel good to know that I’m making a difference.”

Ms Bergersen said she chose Guatemala because there were 370,000 orphans but only four government-run orphanages.

As well as volunteering, they are trying to raise money to buy essential items for the children.

“I’ll be purchasing things over there because you don’t really know what they need until you see it,” she said.

They have raised about $700 but are aiming for at least $2000.

“Help give the kids a brighter future; we’d really appreciate even five cents, everything helps,” Ms Bergersen said.

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