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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!

YANA Supporters Are Ready to Ride

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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.

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to these INCREDIBLE kids, Brinlee G, Ellie W, Ali H, and Ben H, for their exceptional efforts in making and selling bracelets in support of their buddy Chase and YANA! Thanks to their dedication and generosity, they have successfully raised an AWESOME $500 in donations!!!! These young philanthropists have shown us that age is no barrier to making a positive impact in our community! THANK YOU!

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Thank you for your support and for keeping your community at the forefront of all that you do. We appreciate you all so much!

A heartfelt shout-out to the incredible Old House Hotel & Spa team!

We are thrilled and deeply grateful for the generous donation resulting from their unwavering commitment to Casual Fridays over the past two years.

Thank you, Old House Hotel & Spa, for being a shining example of how a business can positively impact our local community. We are honored to have your support and grateful for the difference you are making in the lives of others.

We want to thank RCLegion Branch 160 for their incredible support and recent donation to YANA from their gaming fund. We’re so grateful for their commitment to making a positive impact on the families in our community traveling for medical care!

A special shout-out and heartfelt thank you to Sally L. for her incredible generosity! Thank you for hosting a garage sale and graciously donating all the proceeds to YANA! Your donation will make a real difference. We’re grateful for your kindness and dedication to helping our community!

Ready to Ride!!

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The 2023 Comox Bike Co YANA Ride brings all ages, abilities and disciplines of riders together in one massive community-wide event.

Registration opens June 1 and is entirely by tax-receiptable donation.  

Register and ride with your favourite biking buddies, raise funds by gathering pledges, and reunite at the annual Party in the Park on Sunday, August 20, 2023 at Marina Park in Comox!  Riders, family and friends will arrive at the Party in the Park between 11:00am-2:00pm, and entertainment, activities, treats, raffle, a beer garden, prize draws and more will continue through to 4:00pm.

Will you ride on August 20th? Or sometime between the 1st to the 20th?  Will you be tracking distance, time or elevation? Will you tally your trips around the block, or your daily commutes to work?  Whatever ride you choose to dedicate to YANA, you’ll be doing your part to raise funds for Comox Valley families who need to travel for the medical care of their child or a pregnant mother.  

Remember, this event is ALL about flexibility!

Ride WHERE you like, WHAT you like, and HOWEVER it suits you to show your support for YANA! 

  • Where: Hit the trails, cycle the city streets, or ride laps around the neighbourhood. Chart the route that works for you, and just make sure to join us at the finish line on August 20th!
  • What: Ride whatever you like. If it’s powered by you and it has wheels, it’s a fit for this ride! Gravel bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, even training-wheels and trikes, are welcome to participate in this event.
  • How: Challenge yourself or set a goal and raise pledges while you do! Whether it’s a team challenge, a climb the height of a mountain challenge, or a ride-a-little-bit-every-day challenge, do what motivates and inspires you to ride for YANA families.

For more details and information on this year’s ride visit: https://www.yanacomoxvalley.com/yana-event/ride/

A huge thank you and Happy Birthday to Dennyse H for her amazing generosity! We are incredibly grateful for her recent donation from her big 50th birthday bash. Thank you for celebrating your milestone in such a meaningful way and for choosing to make a difference in the lives of our community!