First Rwandan schools get sports kit donation

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THE first two Rwandan schools have received sports equipment bought by a fund-raising appeal set up to create a legacy from the Bury St Edmunds Pre-Games Training Camp.

St Paul’s School, Muko, and Gishoma School, both in the Rusizi District, received sports equipment, bought locally to support the local economy, and a cupboard in which to store it, produced by local people at Rwanda Aid’s vocational centre in Rusizi.

The ‘Sport For Rwanda’ appeal was launched by a steering group of organisations from across St Edmundsbury Borough in 2011 and aims to raise £80,000 to leave a lasting legacy in 140 Rwandan schools by giving them sports equipment, a place to store it and educational materials for teachers. It has so far raised £11,000.

The effort marks the fact that West Suffolk Athletics Arena at Abbeycroft Leisure’s Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre will host the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic teams as they prepare for London 2012.

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.

“It means a great deal to them that the people of St Edmundsbury care about them in this way.”