The Wascally started out as an informal race among friends who didn't mind running in the HOT summer months in Fresno California. It was and still is all about having fun with your running friends. After two years of organizing this totally informal fun race that started and ended in front of someone's driveway, we had attracted so many people through word of mouth that we needed to upgrade to something bigger. So in 2012 we decided to do it officially so more people could join in on the fun. We teamed up with Kids Kasa Foster Care, a local foster care agency that treats at-risk youth, to not only put together an amazing race, but to help foster children who were headed to college.
When a young person turns 18, they typically have a support network of family to help them financially and emotionally as they make the transition into adult life. When a foster child turns 18, it is difficult for their biological families to help with educational needs. There is very little support available, which is why a large percentage of foster children become homeless when they turn 18. Since 2009, Kids Kasa Foster Care has had events to raise funds for former foster children who are pursuing a higher education and who have little if any money while in school.
In 2009 Kids Kasa Foster Care put together a golf tournament to raise money to help our first recipient, Angela go to college. The donations raised were used for college application fees, furnishing her dorm, purchasing a laptop, and buying a used car. She was ultimately able to become independent through financial aid and a part-time job, but the money raised was crucial to getting her started, on her feet, and headed in the right direction.
In 2010, two more young ladies made the decision to go to college. These two young ladies would be the first in their biological families to attend college. Bianka, was accepted and attended UCLA. Kids Kasa Foster Care was able to offer her the same support as Angela and she was able to thrive academically. The second, Lizbeth, was accepted to Humboldt State University. Humboldt State however, is a 12 hour drive from Fresno. She had no car, very few personal possessions, and no money.
registration fee will directly help a foster child overcome financial barriers to college. Kids Kasa Foster Care Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible under Section 170 of the tax code. Tax deductible ID # 36-4558916
On behalf of the Kids Kasa Board of Directors, we thank you for your participation in this event.