Boxer lends his weight to Rwandan appeal

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CHAMPION boxer David Starie is to host a charity ball that will raise money for sports and educational equipment for 140 schools in Rwanda.

The black tie event is to take place on September 9 at the West Wing, Ickworth, and which will raise money for the Sport For Rwanda appeal.

Rwandan athletes will be using Bury leisure centre as a pre-training camp ahead of next year’s Olympic games. The appeal hopes to raise £80,000 and help more than 100,000 schoolchildren to take part in sport.

Starie, a former Commonwealth super middleweight champion and British super middleweight champion, said: “I am so pleased to be able to help the Sport For Rwanda fund-raising appeal by hosting a charity ball at Ickworth.

“It is a stunning setting for a fantastic night of eating, dancing and most importantly raising money for the schoolchildren of Rwanda.”

Tickets cost £50 each or £450 for a table of 10, include a three-course meal and live band Accolade, and are available from the Bury Leisure Centre and Tourist Information Centre.

Meanwhile, commemorative pins celebrating Bury’s Rwandan link have also gone on sale for £20.