SANTA MONICA—On Sunday, June 4, the Harold Robinson Foundation (HRF) will host its seventh annual Pedal on the Pier fundraiser on the Santa Monica Pier. The proceeds will go toward providing less fortunate children with resources to attend 3-day retreats and high-quality programs at Camp Ubuntu.
Pedal on the Pier is an outdoor “physical philanthropy” event, according to the fundraiser’s website. More than 100 stationary bicycles will be placed in the pier, and over 400 riders will cycle for 5 hours, or 100 miles, to meet this year’s goal of $1 million. Participants can register as individuals and ride on their own or create teams of up to 5 people to ride relay-style. Some of the best cycling instructors in the city will lead the event, and families and friends are invited to encourage the participants.
Each team or individual is required to raise a minimum of $2,500 for the Harold Robinson Foundation, according to the website. For teams of five, each member must raise a minimum of $500. As of Tuesday, May 30, the total donations are at $769,373 of the $1 million goal. Last year, Pedal on the Pier raised $850,000 for the foundation.
The event will feature live musical entertainment, DJs, special guests, vendors, and food and drinks from local restaurants. A 21-and-over lounge will be available for the first time this year. Sponsors include, among others, Caliwater, Wahoo Fish Tacos, BeatBike, Stages Cycling, Planet Smoothie, and Del Frisco’s Grille.
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Cycling will commence at 11 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. The pier can be accessed from westbound Pico Boulevard to Appian Way or southbound Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Limited parking is available north of the pier. Attendees are encouraged to utilize Uber, Lyft, or the Expo Line to avoid traffic.
The Harold Robinson Foundation was founded on the principle that every child deserves opportunities, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances. HRF strives to send less fortunate children to camp in a safe environment and help them build a sense of purpose and accomplishment, according to the foundation’s mission statement.
Ubuntu is a South African philosophy which translates to “I am because we are” and encourages children to support each other to ensure success. HRF’s Camp Ubuntu and Camp Ubuntu-Watts, a day camp, help children thrive and achieve their goals through a meaningful summer camp experience, which includes performing and fine arts, design, sports, music, and field trips. Conflict resolution and leadership development are also available to nurture at-risk children.
For more information or to sign up for a team, visit www.pedalonthepier.org.