Despite the chill and rain Saturday morning, a race was held in Papillion to raise funds for children more than 8,000 miles away by airplane in the Republic of Uganda.
Rising Star Ministries hosted the go cart race to help end poverty in the African country by donating to programs to further the education of students ages 8 to 18 at Papio Fun Park.
Matt Arnett, co-founder and director of Rising Star, said the 100 lap race brought in 15 racers and helped the group to raise more than $6,000 during this campaign alone.
“The kids we help with over there have been born into hard situations,” he said. “Single parent homes without fathers, their mothers have several kids to take care of, and education is hard to come by.”
Rising Star helps provide students with tutoring to help them catch up if they fall behind in lessons.
Difficulties don’t end in the classroom, Arnett said. Reading, writing and computer use are provided as well.
As the racers prepared for their turn on the track, Noah Foster, 9, and his friend Kade Richardson, 10, were waiting out the cold.
Foster said the charity work in Uganda is an attempt to help children be able to go to college. He personally — with some help from mom — raised $400 through a party he organized and created signs for.
“It feels pretty good to know I’m helping someone else,” Foster said.
Richardson said he wanted to have fun while also helping others. He said since he and his friends have a good life at home, they should work to ensure others do as well.
When asked if he had ever been on a go cart before, Richardson said no.
“But I’ve got a riding lawnmower, so I’ve had some practice,” he said.
To learn more about Rising Star Ministries, visit rising starministries.com