RBC to Match Donations up to $5,000

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RBC Wealth Management investment advisors, Don Somers, Brian Balfe, and Sean Martin are ready to make your donations grow for this year’s Comox Bike Co. YANA Ride! 

Between July 16-25, they have set a goal of helping YANA supporters raise $10,000 in just 10 days. All donations made to YANA Ride participants will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. 

The Comox Bike Co. YANA Ride is one of the organization’s largest annual fundraisers. Last year’s virtual event was a huge success, despite setbacks brought on by Covid restrictions. 

YANA’s executive director Kelly Barnie explains, “We are so grateful to this community’s generosity through a difficult year for everyone. The need for support remains integral to families in our community, and we are so grateful to these three generous donors who have stepped up to double donations for this year’s Ride.”

It’s easy to make sure your donation is matched! Between 9am on July 16th and 11:59pm on July 25th:

  1. Make a pledge to a rider
  2. Head to YANA’s Facebook or Instagram @YANAComoxValley, like the “10 Grand in 10 Days” post
  3. Comment on that same post tagging the name of the rider you supported.

There’s never been a better time to make a difference with your dollars and show your support for Comox Valley families!

To register to ride, or make a donation to a rider that will be matched by Brian Balfe, Don Somers and Sean Martin of RBC Dominion Securities, go to https://raceroster.com/events/2021/48466/comox-bike-company-yana-ride 


Ride WHAT You Like

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The 2021 Comox Bike Co. YANA Ride is just around the corner, and there is something for everyone. This year’s ride is a fully-flexible event where participants can choose the ride of their liking. If it’s got wheels and it’s person-powered, it fits the bill for this year’s cycling event.

Whether you rock the road, mountain, or cruiser bike, or prefer a stationary bike in the comfort of your living room, you can ride for Comox Valley families and help YANA reach their $100,000 goal for this year’s event. 

“Last year’s ride blew our socks off. The community’s response to our totally re-imagined event was beyond what we could have hoped for.” says Kelly Barnie, YANA’s executive director. “Creating a flexible event has made it possible for anyone to participate, no matter their skill level, location, or what kind of biking they like to do. Our goal this year is bigger than ever, and we really think this community has what it takes to get there.”  

Watch out for riders of all kinds between August 1-15th. 

To register or donate to a rider, visit: www.yanacomoxvalley.com/yana-event/ride/.

Ride Where You Like!

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Originally published by the Comox Valley Record – June 30, 2021

Got the itch to travel and a jam-packed summer?

No problem!

The 2021 Comox Bike Co YANA Ride is a fully flexible event where participants can gather pledges and get on their bikes anytime between Aug. 1-15. Over 100 riders are already registered and gathering donations for this year’s event!

Registration is available by any donation, big or small. For more information and to sign up for this year’s event, visit https://www.yanacomoxvalley.com/yana-event/ride/.



Bikes Will Keep Us Together, One Pedal at a Time

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Originally published by the Comox Valley Record – May 26, 2021

Registration for 2021 Comox Bike Co. YANA Ride opens June 1

The 2021 Comox Bike Co. YANA Ride is ramping up for another fully flexible, socially distanced virtual biking event. While the world makes its way through the final stretch of a pandemic that has changed the way we do things, the YANA Ride organizers are making sure that bikes will continue to keep us together as we see our way through to the other side.   

Registration for the 2021 Comox Bike Co. YANA Ride will open online on June 1st.

Last year’s re-vamped, virtual fundraiser was YANA’s most successful ride yet, and this year’s event is set to be no different. Between August 1-15th, participants can choose the when, where, and what for their ride, in order to raise pledges in support of the charity’s funding and accommodation programs that provide help for children and pregnant mothers required to travel outside of the community for medical care.   

Creativity is key, and the endless choice of roads and trails are the only maps needed for riders to chart their own path.  Whether you set out to ride solo or gather a crew, bike a kilometre or two, or plan an across-the-island adventure, this year is all about creating a ride that fits with the current health protocols, but equally important, also means something to you.

Organizers are excited to be adding a 50/50 draw to the event this year. “The online 50/50 was a huge success for us at our Big Love event in February.  Our lucky ticketholder won over $10,000! There have been some incredible jackpots for charity 50/50 draws across the province in the last few months, like over $100,000 and $300,000 big”, said YANA Executive Director Kelly Barnie.  “We know how much our supporters would love to see that kind of money be raised for YANA families, and we would sure love to hand over that kind of cheque to a lucky winner.  The 50/50s really are a huge win-win!”.  There will also be an online auction loaded with a variety of bike gear and accessories thanks to Comox Valley Bike Co. and their generous suppliers, along with many other great items to bid on. Prizes for every fundraising rider and top fundraiser prizes, including the coveted original YANA Ride T-shirts courtesy of Dr. Andreas Conradi will make a return for the 2021 event as well.

Registration opens June 1st and is available by any donation, big or small. For more information and to sign up for this year’s event, visit https://www.yanacomoxvalley.com/yana-event/ride/. Together, we will let Comox Valley families know that we’re a community that goes the distance for one another, one pedal at a time. 

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