YANA is generously upheld by the spirit and kindness of the Comox Valley. Check out what is going on and learn about amazing supportive efforts taking place within our community. We respect the privacy of our individual donors, as such this is a sampling of donations where public acknowledgement is appropriate.
Earlier this year, Sara M. poured her heart into her grade 12 capstone project, and the result is nothing short of magical and NEEDS to be shared!!
When Sara and her family stayed at a YANA apartment in Vancouver, a piece of art on the wall illustrating the Comox Valley became a comforting presence, reminding her of the immense support of our community behind her. Inspired by this, Sara taught herself how to paint and created 4 STUNNING watercolor masterpieces capturing the beauty of the Comox Valley.
Sara turned her beautiful art into sets of prints, sold them, and donated the proceeds to YANA! 😊💖 Not stopping there, she generously donated the original paintings to YANA, ensuring they continue inspiring hope in the hearts of families going through tough times.
Sara, your kindness and creativity have left us in awe. Your art isn’t just paintings; they are symbols of resilience, community, and love. So, from the depths of our hearts, THANK YOU, Sara! Your art has a special place in our YANA family, reminding us all of the incredible power of giving and creativity.
A heartfelt shoutout to Andrew Sheret Limited for their donation from their recent golf tournament fundraiser! Your kindness and compassion are the rays of sunshine that light up our community.
To everyone who participated, donated, and lent a helping hand, you are the true heroes of this story. Together, we’re proving that kindness knows no bounds!
Special thanks to Keith H. for not only being part of this amazing gesture but also for dropping it off at our doorstep.
Huge thank you to Janet F. for her recent donation to YANA in lieu of payment to Anne Davies for her purchased art work. We are absolutely thrilled and touched by your incredible generosity!
A big shoutout to the amazing Madison!🍋🧁
Madison hosted her annual lemonade stand in August; this year, she added a sweet twist with cupcakes! She raised an INCREDIBLE $225 for YANA families!
What makes this donation truly special is the fact that it comes from the heart of a young, compassionate soul. Madison’s lemonade stand demonstrates the incredible impact even our youngest community members can have. 🌟✨
Thank you, Madison, for being a shining example of how young kids can make a BIG difference! 🌈👏
A huge shoutout to Ecole Robb Road for their incredible generosity at the Young Entrepreneur Fair! Thank you, Ecole Robb Road, for proving that age is no barrier to making a positive difference in our world.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Trueman Consulting Ltd for their extraordinary generosity in supporting YANA. Your commitment to the families we support goes far beyond words, and your contribution truly humbles us.
A heartfelt THANK YOU to the amazing members of the Comox Valley Potters Club for their unwavering dedication and hard work in making the 18th Annual Chili Bowl fundraiser an absolute triumph! Through their collective efforts, they raised a staggering $4,161.49, a testament to the incredible generosity within our community. Here’s to the Comox Valley Potter’s Club and all those who contributed to this fantastic success!
“A lot of people could do what I’m doing. When you have somebody to ride for, and a great cause like YANA, those are the things that really drive me.”
Our top fundraising rider this year didn’t feel like he was doing anything outrageously special. He knew he wanted to support YANA, and he came up with a personal plan to do what he could. One person doing their own thing might be somewhat ordinary, but when a community says, “Yes! I know how I can help,” the results are extraordinary.
57 volunteers and 56 sponsors & prize donors laid the groundwork for 248 dedicated riders to chart-their-own-course in this year’s Comox Bike Co. YANA Ride fundraiser.
Thousands of supporters made a pledge towards their efforts, bought draw tickets and gear, bid on auction items or had a blast at the Party in the Park. No two people helped in exactly the same way, but the impact of SO many people doing what they personally could was exponential.
Friends, together we raised ONE HUNDRED TWELVE THOUSAND record-breaking dollars for YANA families! $112,000!!!!
Thank you to everyone who helped in whatever way that you could so that we’re able to keep helping families the way that we can!
JOIN THE FUN SUNDAY AUG. 20th!
- Finish line and congratulation stations for riders.
- Sponsor donated prizes for every fundraising rider and the official 2023 Comox Bike Co. YANA Ride t-shirt for the top 200 fundraisers.
- Beer & cider garden
- Silent Auction of bike gear and accessories.
- Live music and entertainment including DJ INUK, local band “The Edibles”, magician Kevin Luty and an appearance by RBC Olympian, Arianna Hunsicker.
- Activities for kids, and kids at heart, including bouncy castles, face painting, giant yard games, Little Wheelers track and an E-bike demo station!
- 50/50, Air Canada Foundation raffle and grand prize draws.
- Your favourite Marina Park food trucks and seaside snacks.
- …..and more!
Originally published by the Comox Valley Record, July 29, 2023
Big excitement is in store for Comox Bike Co. YANA Ride participants and their supporters.
The community of riders, friends, families and colleagues supporting YANA families will all be reuniting at the yearly Party in the Park on Sunday, Aug. 20. It will be a day dedicated to celebrating the incredible efforts of all the riders who have fundraised for YANA families.
All riders should plan to arrive at Comox Marina Park between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for their chance to win great prizes from the generous event sponsors. The community celebration will include live music and entertainment, family activities including bouncy castles, face painting, giant yard games and bike demo stations, beer garden, a silent auction and delicious seaside snacks. One lucky YANA supporter will win the growing 50/50 jackpot, and the top 200 fundraising riders will pick up their original 2023 YANA Ride t-shirts courtesy of Quantum Dental Group. So many prizes are up for grabs, and discounts will be available at Comox Bike Co for all registered riders.
All event costs are covered by sponsors, so 100% of funds raised through the Comox Bike Co YANA Ride are used to support YANA families travelling for their children’s medical needs.
YANA (You Are Not Alone) is a community organization offering help to Comox Valley families who need to travel for medical treatment for a child or for a pregnant mother.
To register, make a pledge to a rider, buy 50/50 or raffle tickets and participate in the silent auction starting Aug 1, visit https://raceroster.com/events/2023/75365/comox-bike-company-yana-ride.