Bike ride to benefit Haiti planned well before Hurricane Matthew

CHEPACHET, Rhode Island - A benefit bike ride for Haiti carries even more value after Hurricane Matthew slams into the Caribbean nation.

The five-day Ride To Rebuild started in Maine and will end Friday in Farmington.

The three-man team is peddling 337 miles, roughly the distance from one end of Haiti to the other, to raise awareness and money for Outreach To Haiti.

The charity has provided food, clean water, education and medicine for 30 years in Port-au-Prince, but the 2010 earthquake leveled their facility and it needs to be rebuilt.

Outreach is still waiting for a damage assessment from the hurricane.

"We built a temporary clinic, plywood and tin roof," director Dan O'Sullivan said.  "This shows the urgency of being able to rebuild."

Thanks to a pledge of a $100,000 match by the Diocese of Norwich, Outreach To Haiti needs to raise about another $100,000 to build their new $450,000 facility.