Submitted to The Record
Registration is now open for the 2014 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride, and this year, participants will have the opportunity to buy an exclusive ride jersey.
The ride will take place on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Marina Park in Comox.
There is a route for cyclists of all abilities including 25-, 50- and 100-kilometre distances, as well as a 5km family ride.
“We are so thankful for all the support that the community provide YANA, the ride is yet another example of how supportive the Comox Valley is of our local families in need.” says Marcie Dumais, executive director of YANA.
YANA (You Are Not Alone) is a Comox Valley charity offering to help local families who need to travel to access medical treatment for their children.
YANA helped 112 local families in 2013, funded 290 medical trips, provided over $75,000 in financial assistance and offered homes away from home in Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver.
“Last year’s ride raised $28,000, this year, we have a specific goal, we’d like to cover five months of accommodation expenses for families. to do it we’ll need to raise $32,000,”said Patti Fletcher, co-owner of Simon’s Cycles.
“We have been working with Simon’s Cycles to repeat the success of last year’s event,” adds Dumais.
In the spirit of keeping the popular event fresh, there are a few new elements this year, not the least of which some sportswear available that will serve as a great memento of the ride.
“This year we are excited to offer a YANA Ride custom designed jersey for registered participants,” said Fletcher. “This is a not only a great complement to your active wear, but a fun functional memory piece to a Ride Day that you’ll never forget”
Simon’s are working with Michael Johnson of Good Thinking Design to deliver the jersey. The $75 jersey is exclusively available to participants who register for the Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride before Sunday July 6. To ensure a good fit, visit Simon’s Cycles on Comox Avenue and try one on for size.
For more details, to register, volunteer or to buy a bike jersey, visit: www.yanacomoxvalley.com