‘Bike for Self Confidence’ event to raise funds for La Jolla children in distress

By Ashley Mackin

Organizers describe the inaugural Bike for Self Confidence fundraiser, 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Blvd., as “the ride of your life” down Mount Soledad.

A benefits for Childrens Smiles, funds raised will be used to help build the confidence of children who have been abused or experienced a traumatic event. In this case, a 4-year-old girl named Ciara.

Ciara comes from a home where her father abused her. “She’s already been through so much and we can already tell that her self-confidence is way down,” said Brittany Reissman, President and Founder of Childrens Smiles.

After the limo ride that will take participants up Mount Soledad, participants can take the breathtaking ride down to a celebratory lunch at La Jolla Cove, complete with raffles and entertainment.

Bikes will be provided for those who don’t have one. There will be equipment to transport the bikes from Ellen Browning Scripps Park up Mount Soledad.

Children are invited if they can ride a bike on their own.

Tickets are $40 and are available at childrenssmiles. org/bike or the day of the ride until 8:45 a.m. Proceeds from this event will pay for school supplies, psychological care and mentorship for Ciara. Reissman explained mentors meet with the children at least once a week to determine what they will need to get their confidence up. This might mean new clothes, a Big Brothers/Big Sisters pal or therapy.

“We have a whole team of medical professionals who will help us get the kids’ mindsets back in order,” she said.

In addition to helping Ciara, participants will have the opportunity to purchase a “sponsor ticket” that will allow one of 15 men from a local homeless shelter to participate and “have an experience like they’ve never had,” Reissman said. Sponsor tickets are also $40.

If you go:

■ Sunday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. at La Jolla Scripps Park