Rixos Borovoe Road Bicycle Race for Charity
The Rixos Borovoe Road Bicycle Race for Charity is held annually at the Shchuchinsk-Borovoe recreational area. The project’s implementation is managed jointly by the Rixos Borovoe Hotel and Asyl Miras Bulat Utemuratov Charity Foundation. The first race was held in August 2013, with the second one following in August 2014.
One purpose of the race is to raise funds required to equip healthcare institutions, primarily those located in Akmolinsk Province.
The distance of the race: 30 kilometres.
The project’s partners include many prominent stakeholders in the future development of Kazakhstan: the Government of Akmolinsk Province, Astana road cycling team, Kazakhstan's Federation of Tennis, Verny Capital Group, Kazzinc, Beeline Kazakhstan, Altyntau Resources, Astana Property Management, BI Group, Vinci, Turner, Deloitte, Eurasian Group, Kassa Nova Bank, Forte Bank, Temir Bank, Alliance Bank, and Kazakhstan’s Federation of Tennis.
Since the beginning of the project, funds exceeding 98.5 million Tenge have been raised: 11.5 million Tenge in 2013, and 87 million in 2014.
In 2013, the Ayala private charity foundation (link to the website) partnered with the organizers to help promote the Rixos Borovoe Road Bicycle Race for Charity among its beneficiaries, and in 2014 our foundation took on this challenge.
Rixos Borovoe Road Bicycle Race for Charity
On the 23rd of August 2014 the second annual Rixos Borovoe Road Bicycle Race for Charity 2014 took place. The high-profile fundraising event was organised by the Rixos Borovoe Hotel in association with Asyl Miras private charity foundation and with the support of the Government of Akmolinsk Province.
Among the many acclaimed participants, the event was headlined again by road cycling Olympic gold medalist Alexander Vinokurov. Rounding out the crowd of talented cyclists, 2014 Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali, as well as other members of the Astana road cycling team also took part in the race.
The event drew financial contributions and attendance of around 200 elite executives of prominent Kazakh and international companies, as well as government officials.
The charity race was organised with the goal in mind of fundraising 12 million Tenge in order to purchase much needed technical equipment for the Akmolinsk Province's Perinatal Centre. A detailed assessment of the province’s perinatal medical needs revealed the following material needs: three uncased intensive care systems, two artificial respiration units, four phototherapy lamps, two automatic syringe dosers and a portable monitor for newborns. The entirety of the equipment would allow the Akmolinsk Province’s Perinatal Centre to offer state-of-the-art care to 300 newborns per year, thus allowing the Centre to expand its geographic scope to be able to admit newborn patients and their mothers from the entire Akmolinsk Province.
Thanks to the involvement and support of its visitors and participants, the Rixos Borovoe Road Bicycle Race for Charity 2014 was able to collect 87 million Tenge in donations, far exceeding the fundraiser’s target amount .
This exceptional feat was made possible by:
1. Individual contributions from the road bicycle race’s participants: 1,201,400 Tenge from approximately 200 different contributors.
2. Contributions by corporate donors: 6,670,250 Tenge. The most substantial contributions were made by Verny Capital Group, Kazzinc, Beeline Kazakhstan, Altyntau Resources, Astana Property Management, BI Group, Vinci, Turner, Deloitte, Eurasian Group, Kassa Nova Bank, Forte Bank, Temir Bank, Alliance Bank, and Kazakhstan’s Federation of Tennis.
3. A fundraising charity auction, where a record amount of 79,415,000 Tenge was collected. The largest donations were contributed by the Olympic gold medal road cyclist, Alexander Vinokurov; the the 2014 Tour de France champion, Vincenzo Nibali; as well as by other well-known members of the Astana road cycling team; well-known Kazakh tennis players, Kazakhstan's Federation of Tennis, the Rixos Borovoe hotel, Forte Bank, Kassa Nova Bank, Beeline Kazakhstan, Altyntau Resources, the Villa Del Fiori chain of restaurants, and SADU. Alexander Vinokurov unexpectedly auctioned off his Vino road bicycle and the jersey he was wearing while competing in the Tour de France, both of which managed to bring in a large sum of money.