Companies across Asia are being invited to join
the second YAANA Corporate Challenge, which will take place in Chiang
Mai, Thailand, 21-23 September 2018.
By day, the participants ride bicycles to see the best
of northern Thailand scenery while the evenings will feature relaxed
activities such as a cocktail reception and dinner to replenish
calories burnt by day.
Participation in the bike rides
raises funds for Operation Smile Thailand, a charity which pays for
operations for Thai children to fix debilitating deformities such
as cleft lip.
The annual cycle ride was conceived by
responsible tourism investor, YAANA Ventures who is leading the
sign-up and fundraising component. Khiri Travel and cycle trip
specialists, Grasshopper Adventures will handle logistics.
“It is not a cycle race,” said Mark Remijan, CFO
of YAANA Ventures. “Far from it. Our priority is corporate
networking and fundraising based on sustainability and
conservation themes. It’s also about health, enjoying amazing
scenery, and raising funds that will enhance young people’s
Only a moderate amount of fitness is required.
The bike ride element will offer two options: 140kms or 100kms
over two days. This comes with full back up support van and plenty
of good food and refreshments along the way.
Last year the male and female riders in the
YAANA Corporate Challenge raised US$25,000 for Operation Smile.
They are targeting around US$40,000 this year.
The funds will be used to pay for operations,
after care and speech therapy for Thai children born with facial
sign up teams of one to
three riders depending on their sponsorship package: platinum
(three riders for THB175,000/US$5,600), gold (two riders for
THB125,000/US$4,000), or silver (a single rider at
Packages include bikes with full technical
support, accommodation, corporate branding, apparel, meals,
souvenirs and more.
The inaugural YAANA Corporate Challenge bike
ride took place in coastal central Vietnam in September 2017.
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