Tour OperatorsYCC 2019 participants raised the money through registration fees, live auctions and personal fundraising efforts

Riding for good: YAANA helps the kids of Vietnam

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Staff at Operation Smile Vietnam receive funds and mementoes donated by participants in the 2019 YAANA Corporate Challenge.
Staff at Operation Smile Vietnam receive funds and mementoes donated by participants in the 2019 YAANA Corporate Challenge.

BANGKOK - The YAANA Corporate Challenge (YCC) 2019 bicycle ride in northern Vietnam has raised US$25000 for two charities in the country.

Both the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation and Operation Smile - Vietnam received a cheque for US$12500 in Hanoi in the first half of December.

The funds were raised by 20 bike riders from 15 corporate sponsors who participated in the 120km two-day YAANA Corporate Challenge in October.

YCC 2019 participants raised the money through registration fees, live auctions and personal fundraising efforts.

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Blue Dragon Foundation staff  in Hanoi with keepsakes from participants in the 2019 YAANA Corporate Challenge.

The Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation helps street kids and young people with disabilities and fights against human trafficking in Vietnam.

Operation Smile carries out life-changing cosmetic operations for mostly young people with ailments such as cleft lip. The operations make breathing and eating easier and reduce social stigma as it gives the child a ‘normal’ appearance which builds social confidence.

“A two-day cycling challenge has raised funds to help alleviate long-term hardship for young people in need,” said YAANA Ventures chief financial officer Mark Remijan. “All saddle-sore YCC fundraisers can be proud of a job well done.”

Corporate sponsors supporting YCC 2019 included YAANA Ventures, Naruna Retreats, BSM Group, Chow Energy, Antipodeans, GROUND Asia, Zone Golf, Green Trails, Khiri Travel, HMP Master, bike tour organiser Indotrek, the Legacy Yen Tu-MGallery Hotel, and ScottAsia Communications.

During YCC 2019 leaders of non-tourism businesses such as BSM Group (workplace ceilings and partitions) and Chow Energy (renewable and alternative power) exchanged ideas and insights with leading hospitality sector operators and student educational travel specialists, Antipodeans, during evening networking.

To donate or find out more about future YAANA Challenges email [email protected].


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