Sincere thanks to Simon Brampton and Patti Fletcher, recently retired owners of Simon’s Cycles. These community-minded bike-lovers came to YANA six years ago interested in co-hosting a cycling event that would bring hundreds of riders together each summer for the love of cycling and the love of community. Over a quarter of a million dollars has been raised since the first Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride and we are incredibly grateful!

Dr.Andreas Conradi is committed to caring! Did you know he has been top sponsor for the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride since 2013? We are very grateful for the generous way in which he shows his love of cycling and his dedication to his community. Thank you!

Thank you to the Air Canada Foundation for gifting us two tickets anywhere Air Canada flies. We’re thrilled to be able to offer cyclists who fundraise $100 or more an opportunity to win such a fabulous prize. Special thanks to Air Canada pilot, Steve Dion, who coordinates this gift and congratulations to winner, Peter Donkers!

Thank-you to a group of dedicated, hardworking people who have shared hours and hours of time with YANA: the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride Committee. Sending love, gratitude and relaxing vibes to Ron Arksey, Kate Berg, Marcie Dumais, Patti Fletcher, Jill Grant, Michael Johnson, Alexandra Khan, Deanne McRae, Kelly Rusk, Ashley Smith, Vanessa Vipond and Maureen Wagner.

YANA salutes each and every one of the Chiefs from HMCS Quadra and the Ships Company during their YANA days. We are thrilled that you continue to think of us with your fundraising efforts. YANA Board Director, Hugh Mackinnon, attended the graduation along with Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Darrell MacKay – HMCS Quadra Chief Lieutenant Colonel Allan Dengis – Commanding Officer and Cadet Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Elliot Dunbar-Coxswain.

Komox Men’s Baseball League recently held a beer garden with proceeds going to YANA! Once a year they hold a beer garden for charity and we are so thankful they selected us.  So many of you came out to the Highland School field in Comox to watch the games and enjoy a cold one for YANA.  Cheers to all of you!

Colorful paint splattered high-fives go to 8-year-old Olivia for donating 100% of her Market Day face painting earnings to YANA. Thank you Olivia! And thank you also to your mom Jody of Home & Garden Gate for giving you a prime location and matching your face painting earnings for YANA!

Gratitude to Superstore! Every time customers used the Save-It-Forward coupons at Superstore between May 21st and July 11th you had an impact on our YANA families! Superstore matched your coupon value with a donation! Yippee for easy-peasy giving while you grocery shop.

We love Gaglardi Academy! Thank you so much for thinking of us at YANA. Well done!

YANA Ride cruises past fundraising goal

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By Jolene Rudisuela with photographs from Sam Patterson, originally published in the Comox Valley Record on August 20, 2018

Six hundred cyclists hit the pavement on Sunday, Aug. 19 for the sixth annual Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride.

At their last count, the ride has once again surpassed You Are Not Alone’s fundraising goal of $50,000, but YANA executive director Marcie Dumais said the total is still likely to go up.

“At this point we’re at $58,000 which is so wonderful – we’re just thrilled,” she said. “But I suspect once we tally in those funds [that came in at the event]… we could be getting into close to last year’s total which was $62,000.”

The sold-out ride catered to all ages with a 25 kilometre, 50 km or 100 km ride. There was also a 6 km family route and a Little Wheelers activity for younger kids.

Each route began and ended at the Comox Marina Park.

“It’s a real tangible spirit when they come through the finish line,” said Dumais. “There’s that proud feeling of accomplishment that’s paired with doing something good for the community.”

According to Dumais, YANA would not exist without help from the community and it is events like this that allow the organization to continue supporting families in need. The funds raised go directly to providing accommodations and monetary aid to families and pregnant women who need to travel for medical reasons.

Some children and families who have been helped by YANA were at the finish line on Saturday, cheering on cyclists as they finished their race, and giving out medals to all the riders.

“They do that because they want to show their gratitude as well, so that makes it really special,” said Dumais.

The ride was put on thanks to the help of 175 volunteers who did everything from serving food, directing traffic, and even entertaining on stage. Dumais said though they get new helpers every year, over half their volunteers keep coming back.

“Obviously [the ride is] important for the fundraising, but the community spirit that surrounds the event is really what YANA’s all about,” said Dumais.

According to its website, the organization needs to raise approximately $312,000 each year to continue supporting families. In the past six years, the ride has raised over a quarter of a million dollars.