Team: I HEART CLARA
Total Donations: $100
Throughout all of our childhoods, we as a team have been grateful enough to be able to attend Canyon Creek Summer Camp, which is a co-ed overnight summer camp that provides a safe, non-competitive environment where kids 7-16 years of age build confidence and independence, learn teamwork and develop problem-solving skills. Over the years, we have indeed learned these skills as campers, but we have also made new friends--including each other--, tried new things, and learned a lot about ourselves; Canyon Creek has had a major impact on who we all are today and we are more than grateful to have been able to attend this magical place.
In 2009, Joyce and Jeff Robinson, along with David Moss (some of the founders of Canyon Creek), had a vision to help counter social and economic disparities in South LA by building bridges between student groups through unconventional means — they wanted to send kids to a three-day outdoor camp. This was the beginning of the Harold Robinson Foundation (HRF), where the goal was to bring as many South LA youth to camp as possible.
The Harold Robinson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity organization working to improve the lives of our city’s impoverished children by providing them with a camp retreat where they participate in diverse recreational programs that are designed to strengthen confidence, independence, build character and develop leadership skills. It is hosted at the Canyon Creek Complex and is called Camp Ubuntu, where the children are provided with the same opportunity to experience nature, play sports, eat nutritious meals, and form bonds with others as we are every summer.
From early on, the founders realized that the three-day retreats at Camp Ubuntu were much more than just kids going on an incredible adventure. Parents and teachers were getting tremendous value out of their experience as well. Participants were building new relationships and friendships, perspectives were changing, and disparate groups were coming together in a healthy way…often for the first time ever. It quickly became clear that the Harold Robinson Foundation camp experience was a powerful tool for building community and unity, for youth and adults alike.
In combination of all of these amazing and impacting things, an event called Pedal on the Pier, which is an annual outdoor physical philanthropy event with more than 100 stationary bikes to ride on the iconic Santa Monica Pier, will be held. This fundraising event fully supports the Harold Robinson Foundation and at this event, our team, along with 400 others, will collectively ride in place on stationary bikes for 5 hours for 100 miles. Our team name is “I HEART CLARA” and our fundraising goal is $5,000. We hope to achieve this goal more than anything and we would be most grateful if you could support our efforts with a tax-deductible donation of ANY size. Thank you for supporting our effort in trying to make a difference in a child’s life.
We are forever grateful to have had the opportunity to experience summers at Canyon Creek Camp and ride to support this event and foundation.