CUDDLE TIME: Paul and Elaine Marjoram will soon be trading these sooky dolls for disabled and abandoned Chinese children.
CUDDLE TIME: Paul and Elaine Marjoram will soon be trading these sooky dolls for disabled and abandoned Chinese children. Helen Spelitis

Couple set for China mission

ELAINE and Paul Marjoram are ready to pack their bags and head off to China.

The Kingaroy couple are following in the footsteps of their daughter, who left Australia about two and half years ago to join International China Concern.

The Marjorams will work with disabled and abandoned Chinese children, and for Elaine, the idea of making those children feel loved almost brings her to tears.

"I can't get there fast enough," Mrs Marjoram said.

"It's about holding them, cuddling them, so they know they have value.

"Just to have someone spend time with them and let them know someone cares makes the biggest difference."

It won't be the first time Mrs Marjoram has spent her day nurturing other people's children because the pair already spent a few weeks in China working for the ICC last year.

The experience made them all the more determined to pack up everything they own and dedicate the next 10 years to brightening these disadvantaged children's' lives.

The time spent with the ICC was so touching, Mrs Marjoram thinks about one particular little boy almost every day.

"His name was Ding Ding and he reminded me, for some reason, of my eldest grandson," Mrs Marjoram said.

"He was stuck in a little chair and couldn't communicate or even bear his own weight (to be able to stand up).

"There were five little boys I spent time with and I would take it in turns to cuddle them, sing to them and just let them know they were cared for."

There's just one or two problems standing in between this caring couple and their Chinese adventure - stuff and money.

They held a garage sale at the weekend to try and shed some of their belongings.

They also need to secure 275 sponsors willing to donate $10 every month.

"We are hoping to leave in February next year," Mrs Marjoram said.

"But we won't be able to go until we secured at least 80% to 90% of the support budget we need."

To help the Marjorams make it to China phone Elaine on 4162 4151 or 0423 837 231.

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