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Sport For Rwanda Appeal Moves Forward


11 July 2013

The Sport For Rwanda appeal, which aims to provide schools in Rwanda with sports equipment and the means to teach PE, has unveiled plans to roll out the programme in the African country.


At Rwanda Friendship Day on Sunday (7 July), it was announced that a Rwandan project manager has 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.


Six of the schools are twinned with schools in Bury St Edmunds: GS Mukoma (linked to Risby CEVC Primary), Ngwino Nawe Village (linked to Riverwalk Special School), ES St Francois Shangi (Edith Uwimbabazi) (linked to Horringer Court Middle School), EAV Ntendezi (linked to Thurston Upper), GS Gisakura (linked to St Edmundsbury CEVA Primary) and Mururu School (linked to King Edward VI School). The other four schools will be announced soon.
Further schools will be helped in 2014. In 2012, St Paul’s School, Muko and Gishoma School, both in the Rusizi District of Rwanda were the first schools to receive their sports equipment and a cupboard in which to store the items, produced by local people at Rwanda Aid’s vocational centre in Rusizi.


In excess of £20,000 has been raised by generous local people and from the Cycle 2 Rwanda ride last year.


Michelle Banfield-Curran, a member of the Go Rwanda Friendship Group, said: “After we started to implement the project with the first two schools it became clear very quickly that there were some schools who desperately needed just equipment, others who just needed help in teaching PE and many others that needed both and a place to store it. So, after the excitement of 2012, we took a step back and looked at how we would tackle this and the best way forward. A great deal of work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure that the plan we have going forward will make the best use of the money raised for these Rwandan schools.


“We have been taking the advice of Rwanda Aid, a charity with many years experience working in the African country, and it became clear that we needed local support on the ground to bring the delivery of the project together. We needed someone who could go to the schools to deliver equipment and the materials and keep in touch with the schools on their progress.


“Alex, our new Sport for Rwanda project officer, has been fantastically supportive of our efforts and together with Rwanda Aid has assisted us in preparing with a sustainable plan to ensure the money raised by local people and the brave friends who cycled from Bury St Edmunds to Rwanda last year is spent in the best possible way and most importantly gives the schools what is actually needed on the ground.”


Rwanda Friendship Day Celebrated in Bury St Edmunds


07 July 2013

Yesterday (Sunday 7 July), to mark the one year anniversary since the Rwandan Olympic Team came to Bury St Edmunds for their Pre-Games Training Camp and was declared ‘Rwanda Friendship Day’ in Bury St Edmunds.

To mark the occasion, a Sung Eucharist for Rwanda Friendship Day took place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral to celebrate the continuing friendship between Bury St Edmunds and Rwanda.


The Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Terry Buckle and Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council Cllr John Griffiths attended along with supporters of the project.


At the service, a candle was lit by the High Commissioner of Rwanda Williams Nkurunziza from the Rwandan Embassy in London and the Mayor of St Edmundsbury as a symbol of the ongoing friendship between the town and the East African country. The flame was also be a symbolic of the day that thousands lined the streets of Bury St Edmunds to welcome the Olympic torch.
Afterwards, guests were treated to tea in the Cathedral grounds and had the opportunity to hear from the Go Rwanda Friendship Group about how the legacy continues.

High Commissioner of Rwanda Williams Nkurunziza said: "Although our athletes did not win a medal at the Games, we did in fact get a gold medal from the Olympics by having the friendship of the people of Bury St Edmunds."

 

Bury St Edmunds Celebrates Rwanda Friendship Day


3 July 2013

This Sunday (7 July) will mark the one year anniversary since the Rwandan Olympic Team came to Bury St Edmunds for their Pre-Games Training Camp

The 7th July has now been declared ‘Rwanda Friendship Day’ and it is hoped that the occasion will become an annual event.


To mark the occasion, a Sung Eucharist for Rwanda Friendship Day takes place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral to celebrate the continuing friendship between Bury St Edmunds and Rwanda.


The Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Terry Buckle and Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council Cllr John Griffiths will attend along with supporters of the project.


At the service, which starts at 10am, a candle will be lit and presented to the High Commissioner of Rwanda Williams Nkurunziza from the Rwandan Embassy in London as a symbol of the ongoing friendship between the town and the East African country. The flame will also be a symbolic to of the day that thousands lined the streets of Bury St Edmunds to welcome the Olympic torch.


Afterwards, guests will be treated to tea in the Cathedral grounds and will have the opportunity to hear from the Go Rwanda Friendship Group about how the legacy continues and plans for the Sport For Rwanda project.


The Tourist Information Centre on Angel Hill will be flying the Rwandan flag and selling the last remaining commemorative and exclusive Go Rwanda and Pre-Games Training Camp pins of which all proceeds go to the Rwanda Olympic and Paralympic teams to support their training for Rio 2016.


Michelle Banfield-Curran, from the Go Rwanda Friendship Group, said: “Last year was a truly remarkable year for the people of Bury St Edmunds. We witnessed the torch being carried through Bury St Edmunds and was part of Olympic and Paralympic history by hosting the Rwandan teams.


“The legacy of friendship continues between the town and Rwanda and we wanted to mark this very special anniversary in some way. We hope this will be an annual event for the town.”


Canon Matthew Vernon, Sub Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, said: “It is privilege for the Cathedral to host this special service and build on the friendships made last year. Our ongoing relationship with the people of Rwanda helps increase our awareness and appreciation of life in another part of the world, where things we take for granted are not readily available.”

Service of Commemoration Held in London


9 April 2013

Members of the Go Rwanda Steering Group attended a service of commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda at Southwark Cathedral in London.

Present at the service on Tuesday 9 April was the High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner of Rwanda and the Deputy Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Christopher Spicer.

The service included very moving stories from those who survived the tragedy in which one million Rwandans died.

Images Captured on the Cycle 2 Rwanda Trek Now Available to Buy


7 December 2012

If you are looking for a beautiful but unusual Christmas present this year then the stunning images captured by professional photographer Julian Claxton on the Cycle 2 Rwanda trek may provide the solution.

Julian was one of the Cycle 2 Rwanda team who rode from Bury St Edmunds to Rwanda in aid of our Sport for Rwanda fundraising appeal, raising a fantatsic £10,000.

The stunning images are now available to purchase here and capture the beauty and contrasting landcapes duirng their journey.

The images were featured in Julian's Cycle 2 Rwanda photographic exhibition at The Forum in Norwich in

Bury St Edmunds Welcomes Rwandan Paralympic Team


13 August 2012


After hosting the Rwandan Olympic Team last month, Bury St Edmunds has welcomed the Rwandan Paralympic Team to the town.

The team arrived in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday 12 August for 13 days to train. Their first day of training at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre saw Rwanda’s Sitting Vollyball Team play Team GB in a friendly training match at the leisure centre to which members of the public were invited to watch.

Bury St Edmunds is one of only three pre-games training camps in Suffolk, hosting international Olympic teams so they can train and acclimatise to the UK before going to the Olympic Village, and has been preparing for the arrival of the athletes for three years. The Rwandan Olympic Team trained at the leisure centre from 6 to 18 July which sparked international and national interest.

The Rwandan National Paralympic team* consists of 14 athletes and six coaches and officials including the Rwanda Sitting Volleyball team (11 players), Hermas Muvunyi (400m and 800m); Theoneste Nsengimana (1500m); and powerlifter Theogene Hakizimana (82.50KG).

Team GB travelled from Loughborough to take part in the sitting volleyball training friendly at the leisure centre..

Come Along for Knockout Fun


19 July 2012

People from across West Suffolk are being invited to a huge community event where they can have fun while raising vital cash for charity.

It’s a Bury Knockout will be held on Hardwick Heath on Sunday (22 July) between 11am and 4pm. It has been organised to raise money for cancer diagnostic equipment at West Suffolk Hospital and Sport for Rwanda.

The day will feature a “knockout” competition of off-the-wall games, which teams from across the town have raised £500 to enter. There will also be a traditional fete, including a tombola, tin can alley, lucky dip and test of strength, as well as charity stalls. Children will be able to make the most of fairground rides, bouncy castles and the coconut shy, while Zumba and Thai boxing demonstrations will also take place.

A variety of refreshments will also be available, with Moreton Hall’s Coffee House selling cream teas, Benson Blakes holding a Rwandan-themed barbecue, and a hog roast, ice creams, coffee stall and tuck shop also on hand.

Space for around 250 cars will be provided on site, while a free park and ride service from Bury Rugby Club has also been arranged to make sure everyone can make the most of the day.

The event, sponsored by Carrs of Bury St Edmunds, has been organised by the hospital, working with West Suffolk College and Sport for Rwanda.

Warren Smyth, chief executive of Abbeycroft Leisure and member of the St Edmundsbury steering group for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “Taking inspiration from London 2012 and the pre-Games training camp, as a steering group we decided to raise money to help the Rwandan sports stars of the future.

“We hope that people will attend this fantastic community event to help both Sport for Rwanda and their local hospital. We have already got our team together at Abbeycroft and we are looking forward to a very fun day.”

The first park and ride bus will leave Bury Rugby Club at 10.40am, with the service running approximately every half hour until the last bus leaves Hardwick Lane at 4.15pm. For more information, visit www.buryknockout.com

Town Bids Farewell and Bon Chance to Olympic Team


17 July 2012

The Rwandan Olympic Team attended a farewell tea party hosted by Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal on Tuesday 17 July.

The team have been using Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre as their Pre Games Training Camp to prepare for the Olympics and will leave Bury St Edmunds on 18 July for the Olympic Village in London.

The team enjoyed tea and cakes in the surroundings of the Theatre Royal. A surprise also awaited one of the team at the farewell party; a birthday cake was presented to Rwandan Olympic Swimmer Alphonsine Agahozo who celebrates her 16th birthday tomorrow (18 July) when the team will leave Bury St Edmunds for the Olympic Village in London.

Along with their Chef de Mission Serge Mwambali, Olympic athletes Alphonsine Agahozo (50m freestyle swimming), Jean Pierre Mvuyekure (marathon), Yannick Fred Sekamana (Judo), Robert Kajuga (10000m) and Claudette Mukasakindi (marathon), who arrived on Friday, have also attended many community events in between their training during their time in Bury St Edmunds. They have been joined at these events by coaches Justin Guillemin (judo), Nicholas Dusine (swimming) and Innocent Rwabuhihi (athletics coach).

Serge Mwambali, the team’s Chef de Mission, said: “The team have very much enjoyed their time in Bury St Edmunds. The facilities at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre have been excellent and the team have felt very much at home here in Bury St Edmunds. We would like to thank everyone in the community who have made us feel so welcome.”

 

Rwandan Olympic Team Visit Suffolk Lap of Honour Exhibition


16 July 2012

An exhibition which celebrates Suffolk's Olympic and Paralympic heritage got a visit from the Rwandan Olympic Team today.

The team dropped in to take a tour of the exhibition, led by Alan Baxter, St Edmundsbury Borough Council's Heritage Manager.

The team were fascinated by the displays and took time to take photographs and pose with many of the exhibits.

 

Big Welcome for Athletes in Town Centre

15 July 2012

The Rwandan Olympic Team and Deputy High Commissioner of Rwanda Linda Kalimba had an amazing welcome in Bury St Edmunds town centre yesterday.

They were welcomed by members of the public at Churchgate Showcase's Big Street Dance in Hatter Street where traditional Rwandan dancing was performed.

They also unveiled the Churchwalk Charities celebratory Rwandan flower bed and King Edward VI School mural in the Abbey Gardens. Hundreds of people turned out to welcome the athletes despite the rain.

While attending Churchgate Showcase’s Big Street Dance on Saturday, Linda Kalimba, the Deputy High Commissioner of Rwanda, said: “Today we have literally been welcomed into people’s homes for tea and this has been our experience of the people of Bury St Edmunds from day one.

“Our athletes will take to London and back home the love outwardly shown by the people here in Bury. Not just from the leadership of the town but from individuals and communities. For many of the team this is their first time in the UK and they have told me how they have felt very much at home here and been humbled by their experience in this beautiful town."

Cineworld Bury St Edmunds Welcomes Athletes


13 July 2012

Last night members of the Rwandan Olympic Team enjoyed taking a night out from their busy training schedules to watch the Amazing Spiderman in 3D courtesy of Cineworld Bury St Edmunds.

Big Street Dance and Rwandan Flower Bed for Sport For Rwanda


11 July 2012

Members of the Rwandan Olympic Team and the Rwandan High Commission will attend two community events in Bury St Edmunds town centre being held in aid of Sport For Rwanda on Saturday (14 July).

Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre is hosting the Rwandan Olympic Team from 6 to 18 July and is an official London 2012 Pre Games Training Camp. The Camp will allow the athletes to acclimatise to the UK before they leave for the Olympic Village to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Churchgate Showcase, a voluntary group of local residents and businesses, will be hosting 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.

Stalls, dancing, and music will feature in the event from 10am to 4pm. The event will promote all that the area has to offer and raise funds for Sport For Rwanda.


The ‘Sport For Rwanda’ fundraising appeal was launched in 2011 and aims to raise £80,000 to leave a lasting legacy from the pre games training camp in 140 schools in the country by giving them sports equipment, a place to store it and educational materials to help teachers.

The dancing will continue in the evening with a barn dance at The Athenaeum from 7.30pm – 10.30pm, accompanied by the Snapdragon Ceilidh Band. This will be followed on Sunday afternoon by a Tea Dance from 2.30 – 4.30pm at the Hunter Club in Guildhall Street, led by the Ballroom Experience Company. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre.


At 2pm, a commemorative Rwandan flower bed and mural will be unveiled by the Rwandan High Commission together with the Rwandan athletes.

Simon Harding and Valerie Legg of Church Walks Charities, with the support of Grant’s Nurseries, Mr Fothergill’s Seeds, Proscape and St Edmundsbury Borough Council Parks and Gardens staff, have donated a selection of indigenous or widely grown plants seen in Rwanda, for a celebratory feature planting by the Mustow Street gate in the Abbey Gardens.

Above the flower bed will be a special Rwandan mural designed and created by students of King Edward VI School for which Church Walks Charities are also donating the materials.

The plants include eucalyptus bushes, senecio bushes, red hot pokers, pyrethrums. All are perennial and were recommended by Jim Buttress, Chief Judge of the RHS Britain in Bloom competition and were selected for their appropriateness for the site.

 

Rwandan Olympic Team to Attend Sport For Rwanda Festival


11 July 2012

King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds will hold its third annual Sport Rwanda Festival on Thursday 12 July.

The Festival this year will be extra special because students will be joined in the afternoon by members of the Rwanda Olympic team who are training at Bury St Edmunds Lesiure Centre before the Games.

Students will take part in a variety of fun, competitive events including Tug o’ War, Capture the Flag, Rounders, and Retro Games including the old school egg and spoon race. Meanwhile, the
Sixth be battling it out on an inflatable assault courses in a series of it’s a knockout style events.


At the festival's opening ceremony they will be introducing the new school mascots, Hardwick Middle School will be performing, along with the County Schools’ Champion Cheerleaders and a special solo singing performance from Ellie Wilson.

The Rwandan Olympic Team will join in the closing ceremony celebrations and watch an Olympic Dance with Risby Primary School and King Edwards studentsall taking part.

The National Business Skills Factor winners will be selling homemade popcorn at the event in aid of Sport for Rwanda.

Geoff Barton, Headteacher, said: "More than 1,000 students will be involved, plus all of our staff, for this annual, joyful celebration of the Olympic ideals."

 

Special Welcome for Rwandan Team at Cathedral


08 July 2012

The Rwandan Olympic team, officials from the Rwandan High Commission, other members of the Rwandan community, and the Right Reverend Louis Muvunyi, Bishop of Kigali, Rwanda, were welcomed to St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds on Sunday 8 July.

During the service, there were special prayers for the Rwandan team.

The Very Reverend Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury, said: "We are delighted to play our part in welcoming the Rwandan team to Bury St Edmunds, Rwanda is a country that has worked extremely hard over the last decades to bring peace and reconciliation to its people and sport plays a crucial role there, and the world over, to foster good relationships between nations."

Bishop Muvunyi has been invited to Suffolk by the Diocesan World Mission group, which seeks to promote links with churches across the world and develop interest and awareness in global justice issues.


The service was followed by a civic reception hosted by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

 

Bury St Edmunds Welcomes Rwandan Olympic Team


07 July 2012

The Staff at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre have welcomed the Rwandan Olympic Team to train at a pre-games training camp.

Bury St Edmunds is one of 200 pre-games training camps in the UK, hosting international Olympic teams so they can train and acclimatise to the UK before going to the Olympic Village, and has been preparing for the arrival of the athletes for three years.

Rwandan swimmer Alphonsine Agahozo, who will compete in the 50m freestyle swimming, arrived with marathon runner Jean Pierre Mvuyekure; Yannick Fred Sekamana, who will be competing in Judo; and long distance runner Robert Kajuga who has just qualified in the 10000m. The four athletes are accompanied by chef de Mission Serge Mwambali and Yannick's Judo coach. They arrived in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 6 July and will stay locally in the town until 18 July when they leave for the Olympic Village.

On Saturday 7 July they were joined by reprepsentatives of the Rwandan High Commission at the leisure centre to watch the arrival of the Olympic torch relay.

 

They Cycled to Rwanda


04 July 2012

After 6,000 miles and 70 days the daring team of three cyclists called Cycle 2 Rwanda have reached the capital of Kigali where they were welcomed by Edward Kalisa, Permanent Secretary in Rwanda's Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

Tired but elated, Pete White, Pete Goodwin and Julian Claxton they were accompanied on their final miles by Rwandan cyclists who had been following the team's progress via twitter and facebook.

After reaching Kigali Stadium they met with the Permanent Secretary before attending a press conference with Rwandan and African journalists. They were they invited to have tea with the British High Commissioner and the British High Commission in Kigali.

Tonight they will attend a flag ceremony to make the departure of the Rwandan National Olympic Team to Bury St Edmunds. The team will arrive in Bury on Friday (6 July).

 

Kigali Calling - Cyclists on Their Way to Rwanda


29 June 2012



A team of three cyclists who set out to cycle from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in the UK to Kigali will reach the Rwandan capital on Monday 2 July.

Peter White, 31, from Bury St Edmunds; Peter Goodwin, 29, from Colchester; Julian Claxton, 31, from Lowestoft, are nearing the end of their 6,000 mile and 70 day cycle ride to raise money for Sport For Rwanda.

Local residents and schoolchildren will welcome them when they reach Kigali at approximately 16:00 Rwandan time, 17:00 London (UK) time.

The ‘Cycle 2 Rwanda’ team have faced many obstacles including illness, technical difficulties, equipment malfunctions and the gruelling mileage and deserts of the Sudan.

Pete Goodwin said: “The trip has been one of extremes. Extreme highs and lows, emotionally, physically and geographically. From the very best days when the bikes are in good shape, we are in good shape, the weather is kind, the people are kind and you have time to enjoy what surrounds you - to the days when everything seems to be against you, whether it is the wind, the 50 degree heat or the 12 percent gradients - you know only one thing... you have to keep going.

“What the trip means has changed as it evolves, you pass through each country and you have new realisations. I think our arrival in Rwanda will give us the perspective we need when we meet the children we did this for and it will allow us the hindsight we need to truly understand what it has done for us personally."

The Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic teams will train in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK, in July and August before leaving for the Olympic Village in London. The Sport For Rwanda appeal was set up as part of a project to leave a lasting legacy and relationship between Bury St Edmunds and Rwanda beyond 2012.

The appeal aims to raise £80,000 to leave a lasting legacy in 140 schools in the country by giving them sports equipment, a place to store it and educational materials to help teachers. This appeal will give more than 100,000 schoolchildren the ability to take part in sport.

The team hope to raise around £10,000 for the appeal and have cycled through Europe before flying across the water to Egypt and continuing through Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to Rwanda.

 

Rwanda Commemorative Pins Go on Sale


12 June 2012

With just one month to go until the Rwandan Olympic team arrive in Bury St Edmunds, commemorative pins celebrating their arrival go on sale at locations across the town this week.
The collectable official pins mark the fact that Bury St Edmunds has been chosen as the official Pre-Games Training Camp for the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic teams as they prepare for London 2012.

Designed by Kingdom Sports, official licensee for the Rwanda National Olympic Committee, the pins will be available from Bury St Edmunds Tourist Information Centre, Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal, Greene King Visitors Centre, West Stow and Moyse’s Hall Museum.

There will be two pins to choose from – an official Bury St Edmunds Pre-Games Training Camp pin and a Go Rwanda pin, marking the legacy project to develop a lasting relationship between the town and Rwanda beyond 2012. The pins will cost £5. All proceeds will go towards funding equipment vital for the training of the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic athletes leading to London 2012.

For everyone who buys a pin, Rwandan National Olympic Committee has launched an exclusive prize draw to win lunch with the athletes and a chance to watch them train in Bury St Edmunds. When you buy a pin you will be given a card to fill in to enter the prize draw.

Warren Smyth, Chief Executive of Abbeycroft Leisure which is hosting the Pre-Games Training Camp, said: “We are very excited to be hosting a nation here in Bury St Edmunds and we want to encourage people in the town to adopt Rwanda as their second team. I know people will be supporting our British athletes during the Games but the Rwandan athletes will be training alongside our sportsmen and women here in St Edmundsbury and going out into the community to talk to schools and groups and we want them to have a very warm welcome.”

Cllr Tim Marks, Mayor of St Edmundsbury, said: “I will be wearing my pin with pride and I hope people will get into the spirit of the Pre-Games Training Camp and our legacy project by doing the same. This is a chance for the borough to come together to celebrate a slice of the Olympics on our doorstep.”

First Rwandan Schools Benefit From Sport for Rwanda


07 June 2012

Two Rwandan schools have been the first to be helped by a fundraising appeal set up to provide a legacy from the Bury St Edmunds Pre-Games Training Camp.

The ‘Sport For Rwanda’ fundraising appeal aims to raise £80,000 to leave a lasting legacy in 140 schools in the country by giving them sports equipment, a place to store it and educational materials to help teachers.

St Paul’s School, Muko and Gishoma School, both in the Rusizi District of Rwanda are the first schools to receive their sports equipment and a cupboard in which to store the items, produced by local people at Rwanda Aid’s vocational centre in Rusizi. They were presented on behalf of Sport For Rwanda by the District Education Officer Jean-Pierre Nteziyaremye and Rwanda Aid’s Chief Executive Officer David Chaplin. UK charity Rwanda Aid is assisting the steering group with the project.

Neville Chaplin, Company Secretary of Rwanda Aid, said: “The looks of amazement and joy on the faces of both pupils and teachers when they were presented with the equipment showed just how much this project is needed, particularly in the villages where they receive little outside support. It means a great deal to them that the people of St Edmundsbury care about them in this way.

“The stores are being made by local students from one of our vocational training centres as part of their work experience. This is helping them and making them feel part of this legacy project.”

So far the appeal has raised more than £13,000 through a variety of events including a the Cycle 2 Rwanda Bury St Edmunds to Rwanda trek, a charity ball hosted by champion boxer David Starie, a Sport For Rwanda Week at King Edward VI School, the 2011 Churchgate Showcase, and non-uniform days at County Upper School.

This appeal will give more than 100,000 schoolchildren the ability to take part in sport. To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/teams/Sport-for-Rwanda

Building up to a Knockout Event


07 June 2012

The countdown has begun to a huge community event designed to entertain the whole family while raising vital cash for charity.


It’s a Bury Knockout takes place on Hardwick Heath, Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday 22 July. Organised by three of the town’s biggest organisations – West Suffolk Hospital, West Suffolk College and St Edmundsbury Borough Council – it promises to be packed full of activities for the whole community to enjoy.


The day, sponsored by Carrs of Bury St Edmunds, has been organised to raise money for cancer diagnostic equipment at the hospital and Sport for Rwanda.


While the “knockout” competition will give teams the chance to take part in off-the-wall games, such as a cargo net scramble in a foam-filled pit, a variety of other entertainments will also be held during the day.


People will be able to take part in a giant human table football competition or try out zumba, the bungee trampoline and water walkers, while children can enjoy face painting, bouncy castles and fairground rides. There will also be traditional fete stalls including a tombola, lucky dip and splat the rat.


Benson Blakes will hold a themed barbecue, selling Rwandan burgers and curries, while a hog roast, ice cream stall and bar will also provide refreshments.


For more information, or to register a team, visit www.buryknockout.com. Anyone interested in holding a stall should contact Claire Webb on 01284 712952.

 

Bury St Edmunds School Raises Thousands of Pounds

31 May 2012

Students at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds have raised thousands of pounds for a fundraising appeal that will mean that Rwandan children will be able to play more sport in school.

Fundraising activities held over the last two years have helped raise more than £3,000 with a commitment to raise a further £2,000 before the end of the summer term. Students from the school presented the money to members of the St Edmundsbury Steering Group for the Olympic and Paralympic Games on Wednesday (13 June).

The ‘Sport For Rwanda’ fundraising appeal was launched by the Steering Group in 2011 and aims to raise £80,000 to leave a lasting legacy in 140 schools in the country by giving them sports equipment, a place to store it and educational materials to help teachers. The appeal will give more than 100,000 schoolchildren the ability to take part in sport. The steering group is working with charity Rwanda Aid to achieve its aims. To date the appeal has raised more than £11,000.

The school staged two ‘Sport for Rwanda Activity Festivals’ in the summers of 2010 and 2011. These involved every student taking part all day, in a variety of fun ‘it’s a knockout’ style competitions’, along with some more traditional events. Other activities included cheerleading, sponging the teachers, music and dance. The school also hosted a ‘Rwanda Week’ which involved a variety of educational projects, exploring key issues such as the genocide, conflict resolution and human rights through a poetry showcase, film screenings and Citizenship lessons.

The West Suffolk Athletics Arena at Abbeycroft Leisure’s Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre will host the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic teams at a pre-games training camp as they prepare for London 2012 in July and August. The Sport For Rwanda appeal was been set up as one of the initiatives to ensure that the legacy of the Pre-Games Training Camp stretches far beyond 2012. Other events to celebrate the forthcoming arrival of the Olympic team included a fashion competition to design a Rwandan dress in conjunction with Elizabeth Mulholland fashion studios, traditional Rwandan bead making, African drumming workshops, talks from people involved in Rwandan Charities, guests from the Rwandan High Commission in London and a mini-conference linking the Olympic values with the expected Olympic team visit. Students have also developed two special dances to celebrate the town’s link with Rwanda, which has already been performed at many different events, including by the school’s Chinese partner school students at their own Olympic Celebration event.

Rob Walden, Assistant Headteacher, said: “Our background in international partnerships has shown us how sport and dance can enrich young peoples’ lives in an exciting and unique way. Sport for Rwanda will bring training, support and equipment straight to the heart of Rwandan schools and help create an education legacy of high for many years to come.....We’re proud to be a part of it!”
King Edward VI School’s third Sport For Rwanda Festival takes place on 12 July, and is set to be the biggest and the best so far, with the backdrop of the Olympics in sight. The school also hopes to screen the new film called Kinyarwanda which will aim to educate students further in the history and future of this Rwanda, as well as an inspirational unit work based in English lessons.

Cllr Tim Marks, Mayor of St Edmundsbury on behalf of the St Edmundsbury Steering Group for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by all the students and staff at King Edward VI School and we thank them for all their hard work and support of the project and Sport For Rwanda.These funds will go a long way to helping us reach our £80,000 target to equip 140 schools in Rwanda with sports equipment.”

More information on Sport For Rwandan can be found at www.sportforrwanda.org and the Go Rwanda project www.gorwanda.co.uk To donate to Sport For Rwanda visit www.justgiving.com/teams/Sport-for-Rwanda

Farewell and Good Luck to Cycle 2 Rwanda Team

27 April 2012

The Cycle 2 Rwanda team will start their 6,000 mile epic journey from Bury St Edmunds to Rwanda on Saturday (Apr 28) to raise money for Sport For Rwanda.

Peter White, 31, from Bury St Edmunds; Peter Goodwin, 29, from Colchester; Julian Claxton, 31, from Lowestoft, will leave from the West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon HQ at the Priory School in Bury St Edmunds.

The team will cover 6,000 miles in 70 days and plan to arrive in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, in time to see the Rwandan Olympic team off for their journey to Bury St Edmunds in July.

They hope to raise around £10,000 for the appeal and will cycle through Europe before flying across the water to Egypt and continuing through Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to Rwanda.

There's still time to sponsor the team visit their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/cycletorwanda

 

It's A Bury Knockout for Sport For Rwanda

24 April 2012

A rallying cry has gone out to businesses and organisations from across west Suffolk to enter a team into a fun-packed charity event taking place this summer.

It’s a Bury Knockout will be held on Hardwick Heath on Sunday 22 July, and will give teams of 10 to 12 people the chance to take part in a series of exciting activities, from a cargo net scramble in a foam-filled pit to a relay race and inflatable assault course. Other entertainments for the whole family will also take place during the day, including fundraising stalls, food stalls, fairground rides, bouncy castles and a tombola.

The community event has been organised by West Suffolk Hospital, West Suffolk College and the St Edmundsbury Steering Group for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and sponsored by Carrs of Bury St Edmunds. All proceeds will be split between new cancer diagnostic equipment for the hospital and Sport for Rwanda.

Visit the dedicated website at www.buryknockout.com which is packed with information about entering a team, raising money and setting up a JustGiving page . Videos showing the sort of obstacles participants will face will also be embedded in the site.

Teams taking part will be asked to raise a minimum £500 in sponsorship, with a prize available for the team raising the most money.

Bury St Edmunds Olympic Torch Route Announced

19 March 2012

Details of the route the Olympic flame will take when it visitsBury St Edmunds on Saturday 7 July have been announced at County Upper School in the town this morning. The torch relay will, give residents a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the spectacle locally regardless of whether they have tickets for the Games.

The flame will be carried through the historic heart of the town, passing St Edmundsbury Cathedral before arriving at Angel Hill. It will then continue on to the SuffolkYouth Games at the West Suffolk Athletics Track on Beetons Way where over 1000 schoolchildren from across the county will be competing.

The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, which can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay, gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through [Insert area]. Residents living in and around [Insert area] can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.

Haverhill Olympic Torch Route Announced

19 March 2012

Details of the route the Olympic flame will take when it visits Haverhill on Saturday 7 July have been announced, giving residents a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the spectacle locally regardless of whether they have tickets for the Games.

The route will be carried through the heart of the town giving people a chance to celebrate the achievements of the inspirational Torchbearers carrying the Flame whose names are also announced today.

The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay, which gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Haverhill. Residents living in and around Haverhill can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop.

 

Joining Forces for a Knockout Event

13 March 2012

A community event designed to give people the chance to have fun while raising vital cash for charity has been given a major boost after a local business pledged £3,000 in sponsorship.

Local BMW dealer Carrs of Bury St Edmunds will present a cheque to “It’s a Bury Knockout” on Tuesday (13 March). The money will be used by West Suffolk Hospital, West Suffolk College and Sport for Rwanda to help fund an action-packed day of games and activities this summer.

It’s a Bury Knockout on 22 July 2012 will give teams of 10 to 12 people the chance to take part in ten different games, from a cargo net scramble in a foam-filled pit to a relay race to an assault course across a series of inflatable obstacles. Teams from local businesses and other organisations will be able to sign up to take part, and will be asked to raise sponsorship money in return.

Half of the proceeds will be used to upgrade cancer diagnostic equipment at the hospital, with the remainder going to Sport for Rwanda.

A series of fundraising stalls and a vintage market will also take place throughout the day, with catering and refreshments available to help keep spectators entertained.

Andrew Spencer, dealer principal of Carrs of Bury St Edmunds, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring such a fun and community-spirited event to help raise funds for two very worthy causes.”

Any volunteers interested in running a charity stall at the event should contact Claire Webb, West Suffolk Hospital fundraising coordinator, on 01284 712952.

New Website for Go Rwanda

21 February 2012

Welcome to our new Go Rwanda website. The new website has been provided by Haverhill-based creative agency The Design Office and PR company Simply PR.

The two businesses worked with the St Edmundsbury Steering Group for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to create a website that reflected the project’s key aims and areas of work in sport, education, culture and business and will bring together news and events on activities of the project online.

Member of the Steering Group Warren Smyth, CEO of Abbeycroft Leisure which will host the training camp, said: “The new website has really brought the project to life in a very visual way and is in itself a legacy as it will be updated throughout the year with information, news and events. On behalf of the Steering Group I would like to thank The Design Office and Simply PR who have donated their services to this community project.”

On the website users can find sections specifically on the Pre-Games Training Camp, the legacy project and the steering group’s appeal Sport For Rwanda plus news and events updates.

Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Cabinet member for Culture and Sport said: “This attractive web site exemplifies the way that individuals and organisations are coming together to create a lasting Olympic legacy for the borough. Anticipation is really beginning to build with the Olympic Torch Relay coming to both Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill, and I congratulate this leading Haverhill design business on their contribution.”

The Go Rwanda project is also on Facebook and on Twitter.

Youngsters Try Out Olympic Sports

20 December 2011

Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill Leisure Centres are gearing up for London 2012 and invited youngsters to try out some of the Olympic sports they will see at next year’s Games.

Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Tennis, Squash and Touch Rugby taster sessions led by qualified local sports coaches took place at Bury st Edmunds Leisure Centre at the Go For Gold Day event on 20 December.

While Badminton, Squash, Tennis, Cycling, Hockey, Table Tennis, Athletics and Basketball taster sessions were on offer at Haverhill Leisure Centre on the same day.

Sponsored by Deloitte, the events for youngsters aged 10 – 14 years old, were held as part of Abbeycroft Leisure’s commitment to help ensure there is a legacy from the London 2012 Games by encouraging youngsters to take up more Olympic sports.

Rwanda's Sitting Volleyball Team Qualifies for London 2012

28 November 2011

Rwanda’s Sitting Volleyball Team has qualified for the London 2012 Paralympic Games by winning the Sub-Saharan Sitting Volleyball Competition qualifier against Kenya by 3 sets to 0.

Rwanda now joins the six other teams that have qualified for next year’s big event: Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Great Britain, Russia and Brazil.

Sitting Volleyball will be one of 20 sports featured at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The team are now looking forward to travelling to Bury St Edmunds for the Pre-Games Training Camp in August 2012.

 

Rwandan Headteachers Visit Launches Exciting New Education Project

28 November 2011

Headteachers from Rwanda have visited Bury St Edmunds to further strengthen links between the town and the African country ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.

Two headteachers from Rwandan primary schools in Nyamesheke District visited St Edmundsbury CEVA Primary School, Risby Primary School and King Edward VI School. The three schools are leading on a new exciting joint project between Suffolk County Council, Bury St Edmunds schools, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and the British Council.

The project’s aim is to set up a legacy of curriculum links and student visits between Rwandan and Bury St Edmunds Schools based around the British Council’s ‘Global Dimensions’ initiative. These include curriculum topics such as conflict resolution, human rights, creative thinking and sustainable development of societies. Children of varying ages will work together with Rwandan students using email and video sharing on projects ranging from sport, dance and music to art, poetry and the study of business and politics.

The headteachers were treated to a special welcome on Monday November 28 at St Edmundsbury CEVA Primary School where children from St Edmundsbury, Risby and 11 other schoolsgreeted their guests with a traditional English Folk song and students from King Edward VI School showcased their musical and dance talent through African drumming, their unique Rwanda Dance and The Rwandan and English National Anthems sung by Ex-Silentio, the school’s specialist touring choir.

 

Olympian and International Coach Visits Exhibition

16 November 2011

Members of Suffolk Circle met Professor Bill Tancred, the Suffolk-born double Olympian, former world class discus thrower and international athletics coach at the Suffolk Lap of Honour Exhibition in which he is featured.

The event, at Moyse’s Hall Museum, in Bury St Edmunds, was set amidst the current Suffolk Lap of Honour exhibition which showcases Suffolk's Olympic and Paralympic heritage through photographs, memorabilia and video.

Alan Baxter, Heritage Manager for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “It was great for local people to meet a local Olympic sporting hero within an exhibition devoted to telling the story of Suffolk people in the Olympics. It was also a privilege to present bill with a limited edition medal to thank him for his contribution to our Lap of Honour Project."

Greene King to Sponsor Rwandan Teams


10 November 2011

With just under 9 months to go until the Games, the Rwandan National Olympic Committee has announced that Greene King, the UK’s leading pub retailer and brewer, will be the official sponsor of the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic Games Teams as their teams prepare for London 2012.

Greene King, based in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, runs over 2,000 managed and tenanted pubs, restaurants and hotels and is highly regarded for not only their ales but also their community involvement and support.


The sponsorship agreement between the Rwandan National Olympic Committee and Greene King will enable the Olympic and Paralympic athletes to take part in the Games Training Camp. The funds will assist the team with their training equipment and official uniforms for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The funds will also go back into development of sports in Rwanda.

It is expected that a team of around 18 officials, coaches and assistants will be training in Bury St Edmunds for the Olympics, including up to six athletes in the fields of cycling, swimming and athletics. In the Paralympics, three athletes in the fields of athletics and power lifting plus the sitting volleyball team are expected to compete, together with seven officials in support.

Denny Bros Pledges Support for Cycle 2 Rwanda Trek

17 October 2011

Denny Bros has donated £6,000 to sponsor two specialist bikes for the Cycle to Rwanda team who will ride from Bury St Edmunds to Rwanda next year to raise money to leave a lasting legacy in 140 schools in the African country.

On Saturday April 28, Pete White, 31, from Bury St Edmunds; Pete Goodwin, 28, from Colchester; Julian Claxton, 31, from Lowestoft; and support rider Neil Dyke, 52, originally from Bury St Edmunds, will cycle 6,000 in 70 days to raise money for Sport For Rwanda.

Barry Denny said: “As a company we like to help good causes and this one combines raising money for the development of facilities in Rwanda with the promotion of sport in general with the Olympic connection and cycling in particular, with the environmental and health and fitness benefits associated with it.”

The two Koga Signature Traveller bicycles are perfect for the trip and the rough terrain that the cyclists will face. The bikes have been supplied by Lifecycle in Bildeston which has kindly shipped them to the UK, assembled them and custom fitted them to the riders free of charge.

Charity Ball Raises Thousands of Pounds

15 September 2011

Mayor sport for rwanda ballA glittering charity ball hosted by champion boxer David Starie has raised more than one thousand pounds for the Sport For Rwanda fundraising appeal.

The black tie event took place on Friday 9 September 2011 at the stunning setting of the West Wing Ickworth to raise money for Sport for Rwanda.


The ball was organised by Michelle Banfield-Curran, Abbeycroft’s Sports Development Officer, and Sue Houlder, both members of the St Edmundsbury Steering Group for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The event has raised £1,400 for the appeal.

David Starie said: "Sport For Rwanda is our chance to contribute to the healing process in the country by helping provide equipment to the children so they can get involved in all kinds of different sports, keep active and healthy and teach them teamwork and leadership skills. It’s a fantastic cause and I’m very pleased to do my bit to help.”

 

Support Rider Joins Cycle 2 Rwanda

6 September 2011

A fourth cyclist has joined the Cycle 2 Rwanda team who will travel 6,000 miles by bike from Bury St Edmunds to Rwanda in 70 days to raise thousands of pounds for Sport For Rwanda.

Neil Dykes, 52, is originally from Bury St Edmunds but now lives in Bristol. He will join Peter White, 31, Peter Goodwin, 28, and Julian Claxton, 31, on the challenge which starts in April 2012 as a support rider.

Neil is a property investor who works mostly in the USA. He is a very experienced cyclist, having toured New Zealand, China, Vietnam, Laos, India, Sri Lanka, Bulgaria, Eastern and Western Europe, Ecuador, Ethiopia, North America and Mexico by bike.

Olympic and Rwandan Inspired Mosaic Unveiled

12 July 2011

Paralympian and London 2012 hopeful Caroline Maclean has performed the official unveiling of a new Olympic inspired mosaic at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre.

Caroline, who is featured on the 20ft mosaic which stretches along the outside wall of the leisure centre, was joined by former official artist to the British Olympic Association Kevin Whitney, regeneration and public art charity Urban Eye and students from Priory School as well as other members of the community who helped create the stunning mural.

The project was organised by Suffolk County Council and funded through a grant from Activities Unlimited for young disabled people from Bury St Edmunds. The design for the mosaic is based on the students' drawings which were then enlarged and transposed into a design by Urban Eye, the charity behind the workshops. The project was open to young people between the age of 16 and 25 and volunteers including current students and former pupils.

The mosaic includes the Rwandan flag in recognition of the arrival of the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic Teams to St Edmundsbury in 2012.

Charity Ball to be hosted by Boxing Champion David Starie

17 June 2011

David Starie to launch ball

Tickets go on sale this week for a charity ball hosted by champion boxer David Starie to raise money for a fundraising appeal that will leave a lasting legacy from London 2012 for youngsters in Rwanda.

The black tie event on Friday 9 September 2011 at the West Wing Ickworth aims to raise thousands of pounds for the ‘Sport For Rwanda’ fundraising appeal launched in January this year.


The ball has been organised by Michelle Banfield-Curran, Abbeycroft Leisure’s Sports Development Officer, and Sue Houlder.

Tickets for the ball on Friday 9 September are priced at £50, £450 for a table of ten, and include a three-course meal and the live band Accolade. Tickets are now on sale from Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, Bury St Edmunds Tourist Information Centre and Haverhill Leisure Centre.

For more information on the charity ball contact Michelle Banfield-Curran on 07983 641196 or email mbc@acleisure.com

Official Limited Edition Bury St Edmunds Pre-Games Training Camp Pins Go On Sale

20 June 2011

Pin Badge

Commemorative pins celebrating the Bury St Edmunds Pre-Games Training Camp and the Go Rwanda project will go on sale at Nowton Country Fair on Sunday (19 June).

Designed by Kingdom Sports, official licensee for the Rwanda National Olympic Committee, the pins will only be available from the Go Rwanda project, set up by the Bury St Edmunds Steering Group for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, at events in the lead up to 2012 as part of a special Rwanda supporters pack.

For a donation of £20.00 supporters will receive both the Limited Edition Go Rwanda and Bury St Edmunds Pre-Games Training Camp pins, plus a certificate, authorised by the Rwandan National Olympic Committee, to display at home or business premises.

All proceeds from the sale of the ‘Show Your Support for Rwanda’ pack will go towards funding equipment vital for the training of the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic athletes leading to London 2012.

Olympic Fever at Nowton Park Country Fair

20 June 2011

Youngsters were able to make their own Olympic medal and torch, take part in a fundraising cycle and meet the cyclists who will be riding to Rwanda at Nowton Park Country Fair (Sunday 19 June).


The St Edmundsbury Steering Group for the Olympic and Paralympic Games was at the Fair to promote the ways in which the local community can get involved in the borough’s Olympic legacy project.

The St Edmundsbury Steering Group for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been set up to ensure that the legacy of the Pre-Games Training Camp stretches across the borough far beyond 2012. Projects in education, sport, culture and business are planned for 2011 and 2012.

Rwandan crafts were also on sale, with half the proceeds going towards the Sport For Rwanda fundraising appeal. Representatives from Rwanda Aid was also on hand to talk about the charitable work being undertaken in the country.

Fundraising Cyclists Announce Third Rider With One Year to Go

19 May 2011

Third Cyclist - Julian Claxton

Two cyclists who will travel 6,000 miles by bike from Bury St Edmunds to Rwanda in 70 days to raise thousands of pounds for Sport For Rwanda will be joined by a third rider.

With training now underway and just one year to go until Peter White, 31, and his friend Peter Goodwin, 28, start their ‘Cycle 2 Rwanda’ trek a public appeal for a third rider has resulted in professional photographer Julian Claxton joining the challenge.

Julian, 30, who lives in Oulton Village, near Lowestoft, and is a member of Great Yarmouth Cycling Club, runs his own photography business and is the official photographer for Sigma Sport cycling team on this year’s Tour of Britain.

Charity Cycle Trek Across Africa for Olympic Legacy with Rwanda

31 January 2011

Two cyclists will travel 6,000 miles by bike from the UK to Rwanda in 70 days to raise thousands of pounds for a fundraising appeal to leave a lasting legacy from London 2012 for youngsters in the country.


The West Suffolk Athletics Arena at Abbeycroft Leisure’s Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre has been chosen to host the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic teams as they prepare for London 2012.

Friends Peter White, 31, from Bury St Edmunds, and Peter Goodwin, 28, from Colchester, will start the ‘Cycle to Rwanda’ trek in April 2012, starting from Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre and aiming to arrive in Kigali, Rwanda, in time to see the Rwandan Olympic team off for their journey to Bury. The trek will take them through Holland, Belgium, France, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and through Rwanda. Ultraman athlete and Bury St Edmunds policeman Simon Bourne will be training and advising the cyclists.

The mammoth cycle trek was announced today (Jan 31) by the St Edmundsbury Olympic Steering Group which has set up ‘Go Rwanda’, a project to encourage people in the borough to support Rwanda as their second Olympic team during London 2012 and to ensure that the legacy of the Pre-Games Training Camp stretches across the borough far beyond 2012.

The trek is part of Go Rwanda’s ‘Sport For Rwanda’ fundraising appeal which aims to raise £80,000 by 2012 to leave a lasting legacy in 140 schools in the country by giving them sports equipment, a place to store it and educational materials to help teachers.

Rwandan Embassy Showcase Traditional Crafts at Christmas Fayre

24 November 2010

Representatives from the Rwandan Embassy in London brought a piece of home to Moyses Hall Museum on Friday (26 Nov) for the annual Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre.

Crafts will include Rwandan peace baskets, beautiful handmade baskets that are a symbol of hope after the brutal genocide in which one million Rwandans lost their lives.

In 1994, in the aftermath of the genocide, the population of Rwanda was nearly 70 per cent women. Faced with an uncertain future, these women turned to their past and reclaimed their unique heritage of weaving.

Drawing strength from this common history and ancient art form, women from both sides of the conflict organised groups of weavers, in an effort to rebuild their communities together. The Rwandan peace baskets have not only been a source of income for the women, but a way of healing for many of them as they worked together.

These and other crafts will be displayed at the museum and will be available to buy or order from the embassy

Bury St Edmunds was The Right Choice for Athletes

1 October 2010

The Deputy High Commissioner for Rwanda has said that Bury St Edmunds may give Rwanda's Olympic hopefuls an edge to succeed.

Linda Kalimba, Deputy High Commissioner, said Bury St Edmunds - which is hosting the Rwandan athletes during the 2012 pre-games training - was calm, green and beautiful, adding how it was just like Rwanda.

Speaking during a visit to the town, she said: "I think Bury was the best choice and you know there's something here, you connect with a place when you feel something within. This is the right place to be, especially for our team."

Bury St Edmunds Event Marks Two Year Countdown to London 2012

24 July 2010

Kickboxing and gymnastics displays marked the two year countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday (24 July).

The event was part of the Open Weekend, an annual UK-wide celebration counting down to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Bury St Edmunds Spectrum Gymnastics Club and the Combat Kickboxing Club, also from Bury, gave a demonstration. Plus the Bury St Edmunds mobile library presented books with a Rwandan theme and Abbeycroft Leisure, which operates Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, ran promotions throughout the day.

Rwandan High Commissioner Visits Bury St Edmunds Ahead of Pre-Games Training Camp

12 July 2010

High Commissioner for Rwanda - Mr Ernest Rwamucyo

The High Commissioner for Rwanda visited Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre on Sunday (11 July) to open the 2010 Redrow Suffolk Youth Games.

Mr Ernest Rwamucyo was invited by St Edmundsbury Borough Council to watch hundreds of youngsters from Suffolk compete in athletics at the West Suffolk Athletics Arena at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre.

The arena will be home to a number of athletes from the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic teams in 2012 as they prepare for London 2012.


The High Commissioner watched the Games in the morning andhad lunch with organisers of the event before touring King Edward VI Sports College, the town centre, and then had tea at The Athenaeum where he heard from the St Edmundsbury Steering Group for the Olympic and Paralympic Games about some of the events the town has planned over the next 18 months to build a lasting legacy with Rwanda. The High Commissioner’s visit marked 746 days until London 2012.

 

 

 

 

Pin Badges To Go On Sale

Pin Badge

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.

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