YANNA bike ride to raise a smile

BANGKOK, 13 July 2017: The YAANA Bike Challenge, an action packed corporate charity event will take place in Vietnam, 9 to 11 September.

The objective is to bring together corporate managers to enjoy a bike ride, while they promote sustainability and raise funds for Operation Smile.

The initiative pays for operations for Asian children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip.

The three-day 226 km ride from Quy Nhon to Hoi An is organised by YAANA Ventures and Grasshopper Adventures.

Organisers emphasised that the ride was not a race.

“It is a signature responsible tourism experience and fundraising event designed to be enjoyed by corporate managers who want to do more,” said Grasshopper Adventures CEO Adam Platt-Hepworth. “They can test their ability on the bike, network in the evenings and give a beautiful new start for children born with cleft palates.”

YAANA and Grasshopper are offering three fund raising corporate sponsorship packages for companies that want to contribute to Operation Smile.

The top sponsorship costs USD5,000, but it comes with three rider slots for the company and branding opportunities. There are also packages at USD3,500 (two riders, plus branding), and USD2,000 (one rider, plus branding).

“Apart from sponsors in travel, tourism and hospitality we are working to attract corporates from other sectors in Asia, who share our sustainable business and fundraising objectives,” said YAANA Ventures CEO Willem Niemeijer.

Corporate sponsors from outside travel and tourism currently include Chow Energy, an investor in renewable power.

The organisers hope to attract 25 riders from diverse sectors for this inaugural event.

Participants who wish to raise their own funds for Operation Smile can pay USD850 to cover the cost of the three-day event and create their own fundraising platform through mechanisms such as GoGetFunding.

Grasshopper Adventures, a leading bike tour specialist in Asia, will provide full technical, equipment and guide support, including well maintained bikes fitted for the conditions, support vehicles and helmets.

English speaking guide, bicycle mechanic, meals listed in the itinerary, as well as all water and snacks during the rides are included. A support van allows riders to take a rest if needed.

Participation includes meals during the bike ride. Riders have to arrange their own hotels before and after the event and international air tickets. Grasshopper can recommend specific hotels and flights on request.

Riders can opt to use their own bikes, but they must be  suitable  to cover the terrain. They would have to clear this with Grasshopper.

“The annual YAANA Bike Challenge is a great way to spend time among a crowd of regional business leaders, exchange ideas, make new contacts and transform young lives for the better,” said Niemeijer.

To date, YAANA Bike Challenge signed up 15 riders from sponsors that include YAANA Ventures, Grasshopper Adventures, Antipodeans, Sansara, InVision Hospitality, Chow Energy, Khiri Travel, Green Trails, GROUND, Remote Trails, and ScottAsia Communications. Companies or individuals with an interest in sponsorship are invited to contact the organisers at bike2017@yaana-ventures.com

Additional information about the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge is available here, including how to participate.

(Source: ScottAsia Communications)