A group of bicyclists have left Joplin for an 800-mile trip to New Orleans to raise money for families affected by recent natural disasters.
The Joplin Globe reported that 30 bicyclists departed from Joplin on Thursday. They're hoping to raise $150,000 to build homes for families hit by the 2011 Joplin tornado, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Superstorm Sandy last fall.
The JOMONOLA ride is named for its starting point -- Joplin, Mo. -- and its ending point in New Orleans. Riders have so far have raised about $120,000. They hope to secure the rest of their goal on their 10-day journey.
The money goes to the New Orleans-based St. Bernard Project, Rebuild Joplin, and nonprofit groups helping storm victims in New York and New Jersey.