Yaana Bike Challenge invites corporates on a ride to do good

Yaana Ventures and Grasshopper Adventures are welcoming corporate sign-ups for their inaugural Yaana Bike Challenge fundraiser.

Taking place in Vietnam from September 9 to 11, 2017, the event will see corporate managers participating in a 226km ride from Quy Nhon to Hoi An in support of Operation Smile, which funds corrective surgeries for Asian children born with facial deformities such as cleft lips.

Three fundraising corporate sponsorship packages are available for companies – a US$5,000 package that entitles participation of three riders from the company and assorted branding opportunities. There are also packages at US$3,500 (two riders, plus branding) and US$2,000 (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 Willem Niemeijer, CEO of Yaana Ventures. Corporate sponsors from outside travel and tourism currently include Chow Energy, an investor in renewable power.

Yaana Bike Challenge has to date recorded 15 riders signups from sponsors including Yanna Ventures, Grasshopper Adventures, Antipodeans, Sansara, InVision Hospitality, Chow Energy, Khiri Travel, Green Trails, Ground, Remote Trails and ScottAsia Communications.

Grasshopper Adventures will provide full technical, equipment and guide support, including international-standard helmets, well-maintained bikes fitted for the conditions, support vehicles, English-speaking guide, bicycle mechanic, meals listed in the itinerary, as well as water and snacks during the rides.

Riders are required to arrange for their own air tickets and accommodation before and after the event and international air tickets. Grasshopper can recommend specific hotels and flights on request.

Individual participants who wish to raise their own funds for Operation Smile may pay US$850 to cover the cost of the three-day event and create their own fundraising platform through mechanisms such as GoGetFunding.

For more information, contact Yaana at bike2017@yaana-ventures.com

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