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Kids Help Kids raises $2000 to benefit Sewa International

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE

Atlanta, GA, October 10, 2019: Over 130 runners gathered at East Cobb Park in Marietta for the 7th annual Kids Help Kids 3K race on September 29, 2019. Over 33 kid volunteers worked together to raise over $2000 for Sewa International. Various activities including delicious breakfast, raffles, and games, face painting, henna along with artistic jewelry and aromatic candles made by kids throughout their fall break featured in the event, along with the race.

“Seven years back my sister Veda Balaji started Kids Help Kids in order to help the kids around the world suffering from natural disasters and social problems. Today we intend to continue that,” said Amit Balaji in his welcome speech. He was joined by Vishruth Madhusudhan in urging everyone to reach their goal of $3000. He and Aadya Katta registered the contestants.

Tejas Veedhulur managed the race efficiently with the help of many volunteers as he explained the rules of the race to the runners. The race kicked off with a warmup by Yoga instructor Vani Malapati. Veedhulur announced winners Rohan Shirur (first), Keertana Satya (second) and Sirhan Diwakar (third).

The raffle draw winners Sumedh Thallam and Sirhan Diwakar smiled wide as Sarayu Ramachandra made announcements.

Keertana Satya and Sheona Diwakar elaborated the work of Sewa international in helping victims of natural disaster and providing relief efforts around the world.

Sanjana Sridhar thanked everyone and urged people to donate for the good cause.

Advaith Shivram, Aadi Katta, Rithu Hegde, and many volunteers sold donuts donated by Krispy Kreme and Duck Donuts, baked goods, lemonade and freshly made Indian delicacies with coffee and tea.

With a goal of $3000, the kids are still looking for donations up to $1000. You can contact kidshelpkidsusa@gmail.com to reach out the volunteers.

“Kids help kids is continuing to thrive as a group filled with dedication and selfless actions; you all furthered this legacy through this successful event. Thank you all for your contributions to this non-profit: big or small it truly means a lot,” said Veda Balaji, who initiated the concept of Kids help Kids in 2013 to raise funds for a cause. Currently a first-year student in the Honors College at Georgia State University and a Class of 2023 Presidential Scholar, Veda was a visiting volunteer this year.  

The organization has raised and contributed $15,000 in donations to various causes through the years.

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