This morning between 7:30 and 8am, a group of 15 Rockford area residents left the Cannon Township Offices for a 6-day, 300-mile bicycle ride to raise awareness and money for an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti. All of the participants have raised money for HIS Home for Children, based in Harrod, Ohio, which is where the riders are biking to and will arrive on Saturday morning.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Leader of the pack, so to speak, is Geoff Van Berkel, a Rockford resident and HIS Home board member. Van Berkel and his wife Judy have adopted 5 children from Haiti – one of which was rescued after being found as a newborn left in a dumpster –and have organized a 300 mile bike trip to raise money and awareness of the needs of Haitian orphans for the past 5 years. Cannon Township Offices are located at 6878 Belding Road, Rockford, MI 49341.

For more information on the ride, CLICK HERE: http://www.hishome300mi.blogspot.com/. Contact: Geoff Van Berkel, (616) 262-5723.