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North Fulton students host 5K run for refugees
by Eva Woghiren
July 31, 2013 10:20 AM | 3989 views | 2 2 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Eva Woghiren<br>From left, SEWA chapter members Sahaana Sundar, 16, and Varun Ballari, 17, at Alpharetta High School.
Staff / Eva Woghiren
From left, SEWA chapter members Sahaana Sundar, 16, and Varun Ballari, 17, at Alpharetta High School.
A group of about 20 north Fulton high school students have organized a 5K run to raise money for the Atlanta chapter of SEWA, Selfless Efforts for the Welfare of All. It is a nonprofit that encourages people to help their communities any way possible.

Through activities for disaster relief, helping refugees and other community services projects the nonprofit inspires others to get involved. On Aug. 10, from 7 to 11 a.m. the 5K run will take place at Roswell Riverside Park. Not only is the run to promote a healthier lifestyle, but all the proceeds will be going to aid Bhutanese refugees and helping them get accustomed to the U.S. way of life.

The nonprofit’s Atlanta chapter is currently working with these refugees because after six months of aid from the federal government, they are left to fend for themselves.

“They still don’t know how to speak English properly and then that prevents them from getting a drivers license or doing well in school,” said Sahaana Sundar, a chapter member and Alpharetta High School student.

Programs under the nonprofit include English classes, medical attention for refugees, women empowerment, tutoring for Bhutanese children and several other categories.

The run is $25 and donations are welcome. The organization has received a lot of positive feedback and several donations, but is encouraging residents of any age to participate in the run. There will be activities such as a pre-run zumba warm-up and cultural dances.

“The whole event is student oriented and just knowing that it is going to happen is really exciting,” Sundar said. “We have already made profit into the thousands so knowing that is really inspiring, because not only do we get the satisfaction that we did this, but we also get to donate all that money.”

Their hope is to inspire other teens to take action in their community. The group has been planning this event since the first week of June and gets together once a week to talk about how they can progress.

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