Thank you to H.M.C.S. Quadra for their annual donation to YANA. Such committed, hardworking people!

Happy belated birthday to Sophie and Charlotte who are such fantastic young YANA supporters. We really appreciate that you share your birthday money with us.

Happy belated birthday to young Bronson! Thank you for having a toonie party with proceeds to YANA. We love that you care about other kids in your community.

Our gratitude to the good people donating to YANA through the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund.

Thank you to one of our committed volunteers, Tracy Bono, who not only volunteers for YANA but also converts her time into funds for local families through RBC and the Benevity Community Impact Fund. Beautiful!

Annual General Meeting 6:30pm October 5 at YANA office

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Please join us at the YANA office (102-2456 Rosewall Crescent) this Thursday, October 5 at 6:30pm for our Annual General Meeting. Learn about how YANA helps and the generosity of our community. Meet our board and staff. Bring $1 to become an annual member. We might even have cookies!

Comox Valley ATV club recognizes first responders, raises money for YANA

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Firefighters and other first responders in the Comox Valley were honoured on Saturday, Sept. 23 at a barbeque fundraiser in Courtenay.

The Comox Valley ATV Club put on the fundraiser, which featured a free BBQ lunch for first responders (others paid $5 per plate).

“We just want to say thanks to all the firefighters putting their lives at risk for us,” said ATV Club member Ted Meszaros, who organized the event. “They don’t get as much recognition as they need. And we want to give it to them by giving them delicious food.”

Along with the barbeque, the fundraiser included live music from a singer/guitar player, face painting for kids and a 50/50 draw.

While recognizing emergency first responder groups was the fundraiser’s focus, the $1,463 in proceeds will go towards the You Are Not Alone (YANA) Society. YANA is a community organization that offers travel and accommodation funding to families in the Comox Valley that need to travel for medical reasons.

“We have a few friends in the family going through hard times and it really hits a spot for me to be able to help out those families in need,” Meszaros continued. It makes me feel that much better going to bed.”

This was the second time the now-annual fundraiser took place. Last year the ATV Club raised about $460 for YANA.

“My goal was to beat that by even a dollar but before we even started this year, we were already $300 over [last year’s total],” said Meszaros.

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Heart-felt thanks to our partners at Simon’s Cycles for their amazing contribution to this community and to YANA through our very special shared event, the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride. We love you!

Thank you to Terri Welsh who hosted a special yoga class at MY Barn and raised donations to YANA in support of local children and families.

Our gratitude to Trails Charitable Foundation who donated to YANA this summer in support of local children and families.