Helping children smile

BANGKOK, 12 September 2017: Operation Smile Thailand encouraged 20 cyclists, who joined the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge, offering them a big ‘thank you’ as they embarked on 226-km fundraiser ride for the charity, 9 September.

The three-day corporate challenge ended Monday, 11 September in central Vietnam.

Riders raised  thousands of dollars for Operation Smile, which pays for operations for Asian children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip.

A young recipient of such an operation wished the riders a successful fund-raising trip as they started the inaugural event.

Pavinee Kaewsai

“Good luck to all the riders on the YAANA Corporate Bike Challenge,” said Pavinee Kaewsai, age five, from Sisaket, northeast Thailand.

Pavinee received cleft lip surgery from Operation Smile Thailand in February 2013. “Thank you for helping me and so many children smile again. Khob Khun Ka.”

The Board of Operation Smile Thailand wished the riders well too.

“It is with much appreciation and gratitude that I wish all riders of the inaugural YAANA Bike Challenge safe travels and the wind at your backs,” said Operation Smile Thailand’s Board Member, Therese Beauvais. “Without your compassion and generosity, we would not be able to carry on with the meaningful work of Operation Smile. Thank you for your participation and kind support.”

Apart from fund raising, the secondary objective of the YAANA Bike Challenge was to bring together progressive corporate managers to have fun and enjoy amazing scenery while they pushed themselves mentally and physically on the ride from Quy Nhon to Hoi An.

Therese Beauvais

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

YAANA Bike Challenge signed up 20 riders from sponsors that included YAANA Ventures, Grasshopper Adventures, ASEAN Capital, Antipodeans, Sansara, InVision Hospitality, Anantara, Chow Energy, EZ Land, Les Rives Experience, Vietnam Trade Alliance, Khiri Travel, Green Trails, GROUND, EMM Hotel Saigon, Remote Trails, and ScottAsia Communications.

Companies or individuals with an interest in sponsorship are invited to contact the organisers on