Long ride supports orphans in Haiti

July 6, 2012

By Watson Clark

On Wednesday, June 27th, seventeen bicycle riders from the 3rd Annual H.I.S. Home 300 bicycle ride stopped at the First Baptist Church in Hudson. They originally left from Rockford, Michigan on Monday, June 25th, but they had spent the previous night in Jackson. Wednesday’s highlight was riding on the track at Michigan International Speedway. The H.I.S. Home 300 is focused on raising funds and awareness for H.I.S. (Haitian Interdenominational Shelter) Home for Children Orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti. Each rider collects a minimum of $500 in pledges in order to participate. 100% of all pledges go to the shelter, care and schooling of children at H.I.S. Home.

Riders in the group ranged from eleven to over sixty. Arriving about 4:30 PM, members of the church greeted them and took them to homes to shower and change clothes. A dinner awaited them upon arriving back at the church and a few of them were sent to the local laundromat to clean the riding clothes for the next day’s ride. The riders then picked out their sleeping accommodations throughout the church for the night.

The group left the following morning after breakfast heading for Ohio via Morenci, Michigan and Stryker, Ohio to settle into a church in Ney, Ohio that evening. The final destination was Harrod, Ohio, East of Lima, on Saturday, June 30th, a trip of over 300 miles.

The leader of the group, Geoff Van Berkel, and his wife have adopted two Haitian girls from the orphanage, Daphna, age 4 and Grace, age 3. For more information on how to help, visit www.hishomeforchildren.com or email Geoff at geoff@hishomeforchildren.com. Pledges may be sent to H.I.S. Home for Children, c/o Geoff Van Berkel, 8040 10 Mile Rd., N.E., Rockford, MI 49341. H.I.S Home for Children is a registered 501c3 charity. All donations are tax deductible.