Since the death of their 18-year-old son, Norwegian Henrik Ruud and Nina Henny Ruud have taken on the responsibilities of his project to help stray dogs in Thailand.
18-year-old Benjamin Liam Ruud was found dead in a cemetery in Horten, Norway, on the night of 15 May 2016. He had always been very fond of dogs and wanted to do something to help the ones in need in Thailand.
Benjamin Liam Ruud’s parents bought a house in Thailand in 2014, and since then the family has been there three or four times a year. Benjamin always travelled along, and here he found a desire to help both animals and humans.
The family has always been driven by charity, but especially dogs were Benjamin Liam Ruud’s passion. His plan was to move to Thailand to become a monk and to continue working on projects he had started. He was going to stay in the parents’ house and later apply for a university in Thailand.
When Benjamin died, the family decided to start a special fund that would go to charities in Thailand. They did so instead of getting flowers for his funeral. They raised a total amount of 34,000 NOK, and distributed a part of it when they were in Thailand in the summer of 2016.
The family will be going back to Thailand for Christmas, and they have already started fundraising for dog food, among other things. The family will continue doing this to honor their son.