West Hartford teen bikes to benefit Friendship Circle

Noah Black, second from left, with the other riders, after dipping bike in the Pacific Ocean at the start of trip, Poway California.

WEST HARTFORD — This summer, West Hartford teen Noah Black, will be biking cross-country, from California to New York. His goal is to raise awareness and to raise funds for the Friendship Circle, benefiting children, teens and young adults with special needs.

“Bike 4 Friendship” (www.TeamFriendship.org/Bike4Friendship) a cross-country bicycle trip will take a group of five cyclists on a 3,500-mile journey across the continent to benefit Friendship Circle, an organization that benefits children & teens with special needs by giving them the priceless gift of friendship.

Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that brings together children, teens and young adults with and without special needs for a wide range of educational, social and Jewish programs.

At the heart of the organization is a group dedicated teenage volunteers who give freely of their time, devotion and unconditional love and support.

Friendship Circle’s programs include home visits, holiday programs & life-skills building.

Lorri Kaye who was killed during the shooting at a local synagogue in Poway, on April 27, was the founding member of the Friendship Circle chapter in San Diego, and the cyclists are riding to honor her memory.

The bikers set out on Sunday, July 14 from San Diego with a kickoff event.

During the send-off at the site of the shooting, Rabbi Goldstein, who is the Rabbi of the Synagogue and heroically defended his congregant during the shooting sent off the cyclists with words of inspiration to last them throughout the trip.

Averaging 85 miles a day, the cyclists will visit local Friendship Circle chapters in many of their visiting cities. Some of these local chapters have organized ride-along events to coincide with Bike-4-Friendship’s ride in the city.

Noac Black has committed to the entire trip in order to raise funds for the local Friendship Circle of Greater Hartford.

To donate to Noach’s ride visit www.teamfriendship.org/bike4friendship/NoahBlack

To learn more about the Friendship Circle, visit www.FriendshipCircleCT.com

Connecticut Media Group