“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.
We want to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude to Joyce S. and the Fortis BC Employee Giving Program for their incredible support and generosity. Thanks to Joyce’s thoughtful request, the donation has been directed towards YANA, allowing us to continue providing travel assistance and accommodation support to families in our community traveling out of our community for medical support. Together, we can bring hope, comfort, and smiles to those who need it most.
We want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to R.L. TURF OPERATIONS COURTENAY LTD for their incredibly generous donation. Your support means the world to us! We couldn’t do what we do for the families in this community without having folks like you behind us. MAJOR thank you to you and your crew!
Heaps of gratitude to Courtenay Elementary School and the amazing members of the Hope Club. Your recent frozen treat sale donation has warmed our hearts! We are incredibly grateful to have such a caring and generous community like Courtenay Elementary School. Your dedication to making the world a better place is truly inspiring!
We want to send you the biggest thank you for the recent donation from the students at Valley View Elementary School. Your thoughtfulness and generosity remind us that the future is in good hands with students like you. We appreciate your kindness and support, and we are truly grateful to have you as part of our community.
Thank you, Bob & Donna, for your incredible generosity and support!
We are absolutely thrilled and immensely grateful for your amazing donation to YANA (You Are Not Alone) from the Curtis Road Community First Annual Concert Series. Your donation is a testament to your incredible heart and commitment to creating a better community for everyone. We are blessed to have you in our corner!
Rock on to The Edibles band for their generous donation to YANA from their home party last month! Nothing like bringing together people through music for a great cause! We are so grateful for amazing fundraisers such as these! Can’t wait to see what you all do next!
Originally published by The Comox Valley Record July 4, 2023
The 2023 Comox Bike Co YANA Ride returns this summer for its 11th anniversary raising money for YANA families. Riders of all ages, abilities and disciplines are invited to be part of the massive community-wide event.
This year the event, organized by YANA (You Are Not Alone) in partnership with Comox Bike Co, will take place from August 1-20. Participants raise money by gathering pledges and donations while charting their own course riding between Aug. 1-20. All riders, family, friends and supporters will reunite at the annual Party in the Park on Sunday, August 20th at Marina Park in Comox.
To keep the event going during the pandemic, organizers designed a virtual model.
The success of the event was overwhelming. The 2020 YANA Ride was the most successful ever. Since then, the Ride has taken on the hybrid live-virtual format, reaching more people every year.
The YANA Fund Society 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. YANA executive director Kelly Barnie expressed gratitude for the support received from riders, sponsors, and donors, emphasizing the financial difficulties many families face.
“Our goal is to lighten the financial burden of medical travel and ensure families don’t have to worry about whether or not they can access the healthcare their child needs,” said Barnie. “The funds raised through this fun event enable us to commit to the community that assistance from YANA will always be available. Each kilometre cycled, and every dollar raised contributes to fulfilling this promise.”
With the success of previous editions, the 2023 Comox Bike Co YANA Ride aims to surpass previous years’ donations and build on the event’s legacy of community spirit. The ride is unique in that no matter where you ride and when you ride you are invited to celebrate your accomplishment with fellow participants at the party on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Comox Marina Park.
This year’s Party in the Park will include plenty of activities and attractions for both bikers and spectators. Attendees can look forward to a vibrant expo area, featuring local vendors, sponsors, and organizations dedicated to health and wellness. Live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden, snacks, samples, face painting, bouncy castles and interactive activities for the whole family will provide a lively and festive atmosphere throughout the day. Additionally, the winners will be drawn for the 50/50 jackpot, Air Canada Foundation raffle and the $500 Comox Bike Co gift card grand prize.
“It’s so fantastic to see people excited to be riding and coming together in the Park,” said Barnie. “Giving away a bunch of cash and the vouchers for flights definitely doesn’t hurt the excitement either! We’re really looking forward to the great turnout we’ve had in the past years continuing again this year.”
To sign up, sponsor a rider, buy 50/50 and raffle tickets, or get more information about the Comox Bike Company YANA Ride, visit https://raceroster.com/events/2023/75365/comox-bike-company-yana-ride.