Volunteers embarked on a 335 mile bike-a-thon today to raise funds for school lunches for the children living in the garbage dump community of Ocotillo, Honduras. In 2008, International Samaritan (I.S.) built the first grade school and nursery in Ocotillo and began a lunch program. Through the food program, I.S. provides a nutritious meal to approximately 600 children each day.
Each Biking for Bowls rider was asked to raise a minimum of $100, which will pay for one child’s school lunch for an entire year.

The bicyclists will ride for three days, from I.S. headquarters in Ann Arbor to Harbor Springs, tenting overnight at campgrounds in Ithaca and Higgins Lake.

Last year, Bart Thompson, of Ann Arbor, organized I.S.’s first bicycling fundraising campaign and collected nearly $20,000 to go toward International Samaritan’s school rebuilding efforts in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Bart was inspired to raise funds for I.S. after volunteering on an International Samaritan service trip in Guatemala City in 2007. He is a graduate of St. John’s Jesuit High School and is studying pre-med at Stanford University.

It’s not too late to contribute to this year’s Biking for Bowls. If you would like to make a donation, call 734-222-0701 or click Donate above. All proceeds will go to our school lunch program in Ocotillo.

Front row, left to right:
Fr. Vettese, Anthony Chun, Bart Thompson, Tom Moriarty, Michael Tita, and Nick Moriarty.
Back row: Parents and staff.