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2nd YAANA Corporate Challenge to Take Place in Chiang Mai 21-23 September 2018

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.

The YAANA Corporate Challenge 2018 is aiming to raise US$40,000 for Operation Smile Thailand, a charity which pays for operations for Thai children to fix debilitating deformities such as cleft lip. Click to enlarge.

“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 lives.”

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 deformities.

 Companies can 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 THB75,000/US$2,400).

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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