Courtesy of RoadRace Factory
FORT COLLINS, CO, MAY 21, 2015
Tomas “Tomy” Puerta and the RoadRace Factory are pleased to announce that Cards for Caring has come on board for the inaugural MotoAmerica season.
Cards for Caring is a nonprofit charitable organization founded by 13-year-old photographer Kayla Wolins to raise awareness of environmental issues and the need to support wildlife rescues. Cards for Caring and Tomy will team up this season in an all-out effort to bring awareness to the forefront and raise donations to support local wildlife rescues.
“I am very excited to have Cards for Caring as a new personal sponsor for this season,” said Puerta. “I work with a lot of charities and even have the Tomy Puerta Foundation back home in Colombia, and when I was approached by Seth [Wolins, Kayla’s father], I was immediately drawn to their mission as a wildlife and environmental-awareness organization. We both believe in making a difference, and I’m honored to have them on-board for the season.”
About Cards for Caring
Kayla Wolins is a 13-year-old student with a passion both for photography and for making a difference in the world. At the age of 12, Kayla began combining her gift for photography with her love of animals and the environment and established Cards for Caring. She began making notecards with her mom, Michelle Wolins, using her original photos and selling those cards and prints to raise money for another nonprofit, The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. To date, Kayla has raised more than $7,000 for this magical place that rescues and provides lifelong homes for large, exotic, captive wild animals.
Initially, Kayla’s photography focused on the beautiful scenery and animals near her mountain home in Colorado. A dedicated and patient photographer, she has more recently begun expanding her subject matter, and she enjoys discovering the perfect light and interesting angles in a variety of subjects, including current and vintage motorcycles.
Kayla’s family became involved with the RoadRace Factory through Yamaha’s Mike Okano and initially sponsored Jake Gagne when he was competing for (and winning) the Red Bull Rookies Cup in Europe, prior to his joining the RRF. After Jake moved to Danny Walker’s team, Danny gave Kayla her first motorcycle lesson!
When Danny introduced Kayla’s father, Seth, to Tomas, Seth was impressed with Tomas not only as a great young rider, but with his character. Like Kayla, Tomas believes in making a difference. Through the Tomy Puerta Foundation, he helps underprivileged children and works to promote traffic safety in Columbia.
“It’s difficult for young riders to find sponsors for road racing in North America,” Seth commented, “and we are pleased to be able to help support the sport and a quality young man. Tomy’s depth of character is consistent with the foundation by which the RoadRace Factory was built upon and embraced by every team member.”
Be on the look-out for Cards for Caring displays at several of the races this summer, including Barber (June 12-14), Laguna Seca (July 17-19), and Indy (in August).
Please visit Cards4Caring.com to see more of Kayla’s work. You can also follow Cards for Caring on social media: Facebook – www.facebook.com/Cards4Caring.