The 'Sport For Rwanda' fundraising appeal was launched in 2011.
It aims to raise funds to leave a lasting legacy in schools in the country by providing sports equipment and educational materials.
By supporting schools in Rwanda we are also helping the country to inspire the Olympians and Paralympians of the future.
To donate to the Sport For Rwanda appeal visit our Just Giving page here.
If you would like to organise you own event to raise money for Sport For Rwanda or give to the appeal via an existing event then please contact the Go Rwanda Friendship Group here.
With your help we really can make a difference to children's lives in Rwanda and help them create the athletes of the future.
Sport for Rwanda was launched in 2011 to ensure the legacy of the Pre-Games Training Camp stretches far beyond 2012.
The Appeal aims to raise funds to provide schools in Rwanda with sports equipment and educational materials to help teachers run sports lessons.
This appeal will give many Rwandan schoolchildren the ability to take part in sport and leave a lasting legacy from London 2012.
The money raised will help youngsters in Rwanda take part in the PE lessons and exercise that our children take for granted at school and through sport they can build friendships, grow in confidence, learn about role models and fair play, and develop leadership skills.
We are working with UK-based registered charity Rwanda Aid on this project. This small charity works closely with the Rwandan Government, both at local and national level.
A number of events and activities took place in 2012 to raise money for the appeal, including Cycle 2 Rwanda in which a team of four cyclists rode from Bury St Edmunds to Rwanda in 70 days. The team raised more than £10,000.
In July 2012, Churchgate Showcase, a voluntary group of local residents and businesses, hosted the Big Street Dance in the Hatter Street and Churchgate Street areas of the town centre, celebrating dance and the arrival of the Rwandan Olympic team. On the same day an event was held by Simon Harding and Valerie Legg of Church Walks Charities to celebrate the opening of their commemorative Rwandan flower bed and mural which were will be unveiled by the Rwandan High Commission together with the Rwandan athletes.Both events raised thousands of pounds for Sport For Rwanda.
The inaugural Bury It's A Knockout event held in 2012 also raised funds for Sport For Rwanda and the local West Suffolk Hospital.
A Rwandan project manager has now been appointed by the Go Rwanda Friendship Group and charity Rwanda Aid to take forward the proposals to use the money raised by local people in the best way possible by liaising with schools in the country.
Rwandan Alex Omoit, who is originally from Uganda, works as an Education Officer for Rwanda Aid in the African country. He has helped the Go Rwanda Friendship Group put together proposals to help schools by supporting them with teaching materials prepared by schools in Bury St Edmunds and coordinated by Abbeycroft Leisure and sports equipment.
Ten schools in Nyamasheke and Rusizi will be helped by the end of 2013 with two teachers from each school trained by September to deliver PE to their schools and pass on their knowledge to other teachers.
We hope that you will support our Sport For Rwanda fundraising appeal by holding your own fundraising activities or by just making an online donation here.
For more information or for a fundraising pack contact Michelle Banfield-Curran on 01284 757482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pin Badges To Go On Sale
Commemorative pins celebrating the Bury St Edmunds Pre-Games Training Camp and the Go Rwanda project will soon be on sale priced £5.
They will be available from Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, Bury St Edmunds Tourist Information Centre, Moyse’s Hall Museum, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal, Greene King Visitors’ Centre and St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
All proceeds will go to training equipment for the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic athletes.