Russian hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk sold the Olympic BMW X5 to help a teenager Yakov Lyubchenko from the Altai Territory. The sportsman received a car for the victory of the Russian national team at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
For the first time Kovalchuk told about his desire to sell an Olympic car in the blog “Diary of Khacha”, where together with Amiran Sardarov, Garik Kharlamov and Timur Batrutdinov, he was looking for a new owner. The hockey player immediately wanted to help either an orphanage, or a specific child with health problems.
The official dealer of BMW estimated the car in about 5 million rubles, and Kovalchuk added to the price of another 2.1 million rubles. He explained that this is to match his game number 71 in the Russian national team and for the exclusivity of the Olympic car. Together with the car, the buyer was given a smartphone with the symbols of the last Olympics.
In early March, Kovalchuk and Sardarov sold the car to Artemy Panarin, a hockey player from the NHL club Columbus Blue Jackets. He joked that he would now resell the car with a mark-up for 7.3 million rubles.
When it came to children and help, I immediately put forward a proposal for a purchase. I had allotted money for charity, but I did not know how to properly implement them and through whom. Since I, apparently, had Jewish roots, I also took the car.
In April, Kovalchuk, along with Kharlamov, Batrutdinov and Sardarov came to visit Yakov Lyubchenko from the Altai Territory, to give him money for the operation. A 13-year-old boy found a sarcoma – a malignant tumor of connective tissue. He is treated at the Blokhin Oncology Center in Moscow. The operation requires about 2.5 million rubles to completely replace the joint in the leg with a prosthesis, but he is raised by a grandmother who does not have that much money.
Kovalchuk visited one of the houses of the fund “Save life”, where he came with gifts, medicines and products for children. He paid for the operation for Yakov, the remaining funds also donated to charity.
A good deed is always pleasant to do, especially when you see the eyes of these children who do not realize much. God willing, the operation and rehabilitation will be successful, and we will see their smiles and visit afterwards. I hope everything works out.