BURABIKE 2013 - 2017 Charity Bicycle Race
The fifth in succession charity bike ride organised by Bulat Utemuratov's Foundation aided by the Rixos Borovoe all-year-round health promotion hotel gathered more than 1000 participants in 2017, which was 7-fold as much as when compared to the debut year it was held. As a long-standing tradition, the peloton was led by the members of the Astana Pro Team headed by the Team’s General Manager and Olympic Champion Aleksandr Vinokurov. The bike ride was supported by the Forte Bank, Global Development, Astana Property Management, RG Gold, Kazzinc Holdings, Beeline Kazakhstan, Verny Capital, Kassa Nova Bank, Tennis Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Tennis Development Foundation, Sary-Arka Airport and Haileybury Astana. Over 32.2 million tenge were raised due to the corporate and individual contributions, and the patrons’ donations amounted to 28.7 million.
At the opening ceremony the Minister of Culture and Sport of the RK Arystanbek Mukhamediuly mentioned that the Burabike facilitates the development and popularisation of cycle sport in Kazakhstan and demonstrates responsive attitude towards children requiring treatment and rehabilitation.
Upon the finish of the bike ride a concert was performed and charity auction was held. Famous athletes provided valuable lots for the auction. Additionally, the paintings created by children from the Asyl Miras autism centres were shown at the charity fair.
The 2017’s auction proceeds amounted to 102.3 million tenge, the children’s paintings fair raised 796.6 thousand tenge. Total funds raised in 2017 were over 168 mln. tenge (500 thousand dollars).
The raised funds were assigned for the purchase of a burn recovery bed for the Aktobe Regional Children’s Hospital, 2 medical ventilators for the Regional Perinatal Centre in Taldykorgan, Traction training device and medical ventilator for the Regional Children’s Multi-field Hospital in Oral, rehabilitation equipment and an “invataxi” /taxi for people with disabilities/ for the Bayterek Regional Public Association of Disabled Children in Oral, and vital medical equipment for the Regional Children’s Hospital of Petropavl.
We express our gratitude to all the bike ride’s participants, patrons and companies for their support, and we hope that year by year the scope of assistance will grow, and the number of like-minded persons will increase.