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Charitable run aims to help widows in India
by LOUISE R. SHAW
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Runners take off from Woods Cross High in a fundraiser to help widows in India. They were joined by families with ties to India. Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
Runners take off from Woods Cross High in a fundraiser to help widows in India. They were joined by families with ties to India. Photo by Louise R. Shaw | Davis Clipper
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WOODS CROSS — “This is such a good cause,” said Abby Ruesch, as she prepared to join students from Woods Cross in a fundraiser for women in India.

“It’s really great that these types of organizations are going out and helping people,” said Simi Kaur, a Bountiful High student who participated as well.

Both Ruesch and Kaur were born in India, both have been back and seen the poverty there, and both were anxious to help raise money for an organization to benefit widows in India.

Saturday’s 3k was sponsored by the Interact Club of Woods Cross, the student division of Rotary International.

Student members wore T-shirts with the motto: “Saving the world one project at a time.”

The funds raised Saturday will go to Maitri India, an organization established by Winnie Singh to help provide education and health care to women who are persecuted because their husbands died.

Kaur and her sister, Komal, were two-years old when they were brought to the United States from India.

When they visited India four years ago, they saw poverty everywhere they went, said Simi Kaur.

The two helped with a bake sale at Bountiful High, where they raised $400 by selling cupcakes and cookies for the effort.

When they heard about the Woods Cross fundraiser, she said they “totally wanted to team up.”

Ruesch and her three siblings were adopted from India. They have met Singh, and visited a school she established in India for children of the slums.

She and other family members came from Sandy and Draper to support the student fundraiser.

“It starts with the little things,” she said, “and this is a wonderful way to start. If it multiplies every year, some wonderful things will happen.”

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