Wayne prepares to jet out to Durban to help orphans

JET SET: Wayne Rogers is travelling to South Africa to work with a charity helping orphaned children living with HIV and AIDS.
JET SET: Wayne Rogers is travelling to South Africa to work with a charity helping orphaned children living with HIV and AIDS.

A Bures man who spent 10 weeks helping Africans living in extreme poverty is looking to raise £2,000 for a trip to work with orphans.

Wayne Rogers, 21, from Woolpit Downs, will fly to Durban in South Africa on July 1 to care for children living with HIV and Aids as one of six volunteers with Christian charity Tearfund.

He previously spent two-and-a-half months from January in Burundi, east Africa, with the International Citizen Service teaching communities English and about hygiene and family planning, as well as helping them support orphaned children.

“It really hit me just how poor some of these people are,” he said.

“I had never worked with people like this before and I thought they would be depressed and discouraged but they were the happiest people I have ever met,” said Wayne, who starts work as a teacher in September.

“I really enjoyed working with them so I applied for Tearfund’s other programmes with HIV and Aids sufferers.”

To raise the £2,000 needed to help finance the trip, he will be giving a talk about his experiences and the work of the charity at St Mary’s Church in Bures on May 23 from 7pm, with a 50-mile sponsored cycle planned for May 25. Go to www.just-giv ing.com/wayne-rogers2 to make a donation.