For many years, Bulat Utemuratov has been promoting a healthy lifestyle and supporting the Kazakh sport. He organized the BURABIKE charity bike ride in 2013 to raise funds for the purchase of medical equipment for hospitals, rehabilitation and perinatal centers. Since then, the event has become an annual forum of good deeds, in which anyone can participate. Traditionally, BURABIKE is held at the Rixos Borovoe hotel with the support of Akmola oblast Akimat and includes a race and an auction. In addition, on the day of the event, playgrounds, recreation and entertainment areas, fairs and food courts operate all day within the compound. The organizers promise that the scale of the event will grow.
The idea of a charity bike ride attracted the attention of famous Kazakhstani and foreign sports stars. In different years, apart from Bulat Utemuratov, the rider’s column was headed by Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin, the Astana Pro Team cycling team, Vincenzo Nibali, the winner of Le Tour de France 2014, Daniyar Yeleusinov, the Olympic champion in boxing, and silver medalist of the Olympic Games in cycling in Rio, Dane Jacob Fuglsang. The participants emphasize that such initiatives not only help raise funds for hospitals, but also promote a healthy lifestyle and active recreation.
Gala dinner and auction is the highlight of BURABIKE. Art objects, personal items of famous athletes, exclusive copies of products of famous brands are exhibited at the auction. In addition, paintings by the residents of the children’s homes, which cause the public not less excitement that the collector’s landscapes and still-life paintings are sold by auction.
As is known, Bulat Utemuratov is on friendly terms with the famous tennis player Rafael Nadal. Especially for the BURABIKE auction, the Spaniard sent his racket, which was sold for several million tenge. In addition, in different years the super lightweight bicycle of Fabio Aru, a t-shirt of a swimmer Dmitriy Balandin, Olympic champion, a bicycle of the Kazakhstan brand “Vino” from the limited series and Gennadiy Golovkin’s gloves were items for bid.
Thanks to BURABIKE, the children’s regional hospital (Petropavlovsk) and central district hospitals of Kyzylorda oblast, Akmola regional boarding school for children with disabilities and Akmola regional perinatal center got high-tech equipment. Support was provided to several orphanages and rehabilitation centers.