Friendship Day in Bury St Edmunds marks help for Rwandan schools

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Ten schools in Rwanda will be helped either with teacher training or equipment as part of the lasting legacy of Bury St Edmunds’ friendship with the country.

At Rwanda Friendship Day, marking the arrival in Bury of the Rwandan Olympic team last year, it was revealed how the money raised here will be rolled out through a twinning programme with schools in each country.

More than £20,000 was raised in the town and through the Cycle 2 Rwanda ride and will helped schools in Nyamasheke and Rusizi with teachers trained to deliver PE and sports equipment.

Project manager Alex Omoit will take the scheme forward in Rwanda.

A service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral was held on Sunday and a candle lit by High Commissioner of Rwanda Williams Nkurunziza and St Edmundsbury Mayor Cllr Terry Buckle.

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 and many others that needed both and a place to store it.

“We have been taking advice from Rwanda Aid and it became clear that we needed local support on the ground to bring the delivery of the project together.”