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Mooroopna woman making life better for Cambodian kids

Mooroopna's Ingrid Mauger is holding a garage sale this weekend, the latest in a series of events to raise funds to go towards a new building at a school in Bos Thom, Cambodia.

ESTELLE GRIEPINK May 28, 2014 3:13am

Mooroopna Anglican Church members Bobby Crow and Ingrid Mauger. Mrs Mauger is having a garage sale on Saturday to help raise funds for a new building at a Cambodian school.



Witnessing the simple delight of Cambodian children as they opened their Christmas presents inspired Ingrid Mauger to make a difference in the impoverished country.

For the past 10 years, the Mooroopna woman has sent shoeboxes filled with items such as teddy bears, pencil cases, marbles and soap to south-east Asian children as part of Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child.

‘‘After packing the boxes for over a decade, I wanted to go over and see what it was like for myself,’’ Mrs Mauger said.

‘‘They were over the moon with every little thing and when they took their gifts home to their siblings and parents, everyone was equally excited.

‘‘They were so grateful for every little thing.’’

Mrs Mauger said she and her daughter Rosie, 19, travelled to Cambodia last year with a group of other Operation Christmas Child volunteers from Queensland and NSW.

They visited a school, Bos Thom, which more than 300 children attend.

‘‘I’ve been a teacher for many years and there’s not one teacher I know who would work under the circumstances in that school,’’ Mrs Mauger said.

‘‘It was a tin shed that was hellishly hot all year round, and muddy in wet weather, and the kids were three to a desk with just a piece of board to write on.’’

The group decided to raise enough money to fund a new building for the school and have so far raised more than $74000.

In Mooroopna, Mrs Mauger has organised a tenpin bowling tournament, film night and an ongoing aluminium and car battery collection service.

Her next fundraiser will be a garage sale and sausage sizzle this weekend.

‘‘Everyone is encouraged to come and show their support,’’ she said.

‘‘We have a goal to have the new school by the end of the year and people’s generosity so far has just been incredible.’’

The garage sale is 8am to 1pm this Saturday at the corner of Young and Camp Sts, near the Aldi car park, Mooroopna. If you wish to donate towards the garage sale, a pick-up or drop-off can be arranged by phoning Andrew on 0428998358.


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