"Casas for CASA" Annual Fundraiser Kicks Off - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/6/08

"Casas for CASA" Annual Fundraiser Kicks Off

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Wednesday kicked off Casas for CASA. It's the largest annual fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates, a volunteer organization that gives children a voice in the court system.

CASA is raffling off seven play houses this year. They hope to raise $30,000. That money will go to help children like Cyndi Sikes. She's a girl who loves life.

"She's funny. She's so enthusiastic in everything she does," said Cyndi's mother Brenda SIkes.

She enjoys singing, her church youth group, and especially soccer. It's a family affair. Her mom is her team manager, and she coaches her little sister.

Life wasn't always easy for Cyndi.

"My mom was really abusive, and she lived on the streets a lot," she said. 

Cyndi was in the foster care system from the time she was born until she was almost four. It's hard for young children to have a voice in the courts, but she had a court appointed special advocate or CASA volunteer.

"She was always there for me if I needed it, and she would just be there and checking up on me and making sure I'm doing ok, and it really meant a lot," said Cyndi. 

Last year CASA of the South Plains helped 919 children. On average, these children spent 6-months less in foster care before placement in stable homes, but there were still 453 children the organization couldn't help because they didn't have enough volunteers or resources.

"I knew I wanted to make a difference in a child's life. I didn't realize how big of a difference they'd make in my life, but being able to help somebody is the greatest gift you have, and when that's a child it's just even more magnified and definitely life altering," said CASA Executive Director, Amy Piava.

Cyndi and her adoptive mom are still involved with CASA, and one day Cyndi hopes to be a CASA volunteer herself because 13 years ago, someone cared enough to be a voice for her.

Raffle tickets are five dollars each or five for $20. You can buy them at the South Plains Mall or (click here).    

Tickets will be on sale until August 23rd. 

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