On August 30 there was the Burabike sixth Charity Bike Ride, in Shchuchinsk-Borovoe Resort Area, organized by the Fund of Bulat Utemuratov and Rixos Borovoe. In many respects Burabike 2018 has become a record. This year more than 2,300 people have registered for the event, and 841 of them got across a 30-kilometer cycle track. An amount of funds gained to date has reached KZT 205 million, including sponsor and registration fees, charity auction, fair, and individual donations.
Burabike is a mass sporting event, the purpose of which is to raise funds to equip children's hospitals in Kazakhstan with life-saving medical equipment. Participants and guests of Burabike have donated nearly 700 million tenge to charity for last six years. At the same time, this year's fees amounted to KZT205 million.
Opening of the bike ride started with a minute of silence in memory of Denis Ten. The event was launched by Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Alexander Vinokurov, a General Manager of AstanaProTeam.
"I'm happy to participate in this Burabike, and also that the number of participants is increasing every year, because a main goal of this event is charity. For AstanaProTeam, taking part in this bike ride in a tradition," says Alexander Vinokurov.
"We had to terminate registration on Burabike 2018 ahead of the schedule, because we simply could not accept everyone physically. We are already planning concerning arrangement of such possibility. I am glad that popularity of Burabike has been growing every year and that more and more Kazakhstan people are involved in charity, "said Bulat Utemuratov, the inspirer of Burabike, a businessman, patron of art and founder of the charitable foundation.
During the bike ride, a charity auction took place, and 121 million tenge was collected there. The following staff has been sold as lots:
The medical equipment will be purchased for the raised funds for the Central District Hospital of the Merken District (Zhambyl Oblast), Timiryazevskaya Central District Hospital (SSC), Maternity Hospital in a village of Panfilovo and Alakol Central District Hospital (Almaty region), and Rural Hospital in Agadyr village (Karaganda region).
An amount of fees for different years is as follows:
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