SOURCE: The Global Orphan Project

Transforming lives through orphan care.

October 19, 2010 09:00 ET

Dorel Industries Partners With the Tour d'Haiti to Provide Mongoose BMX Bikes for Orphans in Haiti

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KANSAS CITY, MO and PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI--(Marketwire - October 19, 2010) -  The Global Orphan Project is pleased to announce the partnership of the Pacific Cycle Group Division of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B) (TSX: DII.A) and The Global Orphan Project in the inaugural Tour d'Haiti, January 8-12, 2011.

The Pacific Cycle Group, manufacturer of well-known brands including Schwinn, Mongoose, IronHorse, Pacific, InSTEP, Dyno, Playsafe, KidTrax, Powerlite, and Roadmaster, is providing 200 Mongoose BMX bikes to be given away to the orphaned and abandoned children in the care of The Global Orphan Project's outreach programs in Haiti. The 200 bikes will be distributed at approximately ten orphan villages throughout central and southwestern Haiti during the Tour.

"Pacific Cycle is delighted to participate in the Tour d'Haiti with The Global Orphan Project," said Alice Tillett, President, Pacific Cycle Group. "Riding a bike is one of the experiences every child should enjoy regardless of his or her surroundings. By providing our bikes to the abandoned and orphaned children in Haiti, we hope to make a positive difference in their lives."

Pacific Cycle is providing the Mongoose Lift, a 20-inch BMX bike that will be well suited for the rigors of Haiti.

"The Tour d'Haiti started with the idea of how great it would be to give bikes to orphaned and abandoned children," said Mike Fox, Founder of The Global Orphan Project. "In addition to the basics, such as food, shelter, education and medical care, we also want to give them the opportunity to enjoy just being kids. As an avid cyclist myself, I know the joy a bike can bring. Our hope is with Pacific Cycle's generosity, the Tour d'Haiti can share some of that joy with as many children in Haiti as possible."

The Tour d'Haiti presented by The Global Orphan Project will be a five-day, 200-mile bicycle ride for 25 amateur cyclists across southern Haiti. The Tour d'Haiti will raise awareness about the successes as well as the challenges facing the thousands of children left homeless and orphaned after Haiti's devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010.

The ride begins 15 miles east of Port-au-Prince on January 8, 2011. The group will then pass through Léogane, the epicenter of the earthquake, and ride for four days throughout the Les Cayes area of southwestern Haiti. Throughout the Tour d'Haiti, the riders will be meeting with and caring for close to 1,000 orphaned children in eight to 10 villages operated by The Global Orphan Project.

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About Dorel Industries
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B) (TSX: DII.A) is a world class juvenile products and bicycle company. Established in 1962, Dorel creates style and excitement in equal measure to safety, quality and value. The Company's lifestyle leadership position is pronounced in both its Juvenile and Bicycle categories with an array of trend-setting products. Dorel's powerfully branded products include Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bébé Confort in Juvenile, as well as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse and SUGOI in Recreational/Leisure. Dorel's Home Furnishings segment markets a wide assortment of furniture products, both domestically produced and imported. Dorel is a US$2 billion company with 4500 employees, facilities in nineteen countries, and sales worldwide.

About the Tour d'Haiti
The Tour d'Haiti is open to any person age 18 or older who can ride 200 miles over five days. Space is limited. The price for participation is a donation of $10,000, largely tax deductible. Participants receive lodging, food, air and ground transportation. Participants will also be provided with a Cannondale F4 mountain bike, accessories and a Garmin Edge 305 gps-enabled computer.

About The Global Orphan Project
The Global Orphan Project transforms lives through orphan care. Formed in 2004, The Global Orphan Project cares for over 3,000 orphaned and abandoned children in fourteen of the most desperate countries, including 2,000 children in Haiti.

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