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Council organises public Holocaust Memorial Day event

15 January 2018

Bridgend County Borough Council is inviting members of the public to a free event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day later this month and remember those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.  
 
In partnership with Bridgend College, the annual memorial event will take place at the Sony Theatre on Friday 26 January at 10:30am. The theme for the event is ‘The Power of Words’, encouraging attendees to think of powerful words they feel relate to Holocaust Memorial Day.

There are spaces available for up to 100 members of the public to attend the event, but all places will need to be pre-booked on a first come, first serve basis by emailing marketing@bridgend.gov.uk or calling 01656 815322 by Wednesday 24 January.
 
The event will see Bridgend County Borough Council welcome special guest, Eric Murangwa Eugene, survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. A passionate genocide education campaigner, Murangwa believes his families’ survival was thanks to the courage and humanity shown by his former football teammates.

Murangwa has a self-proclaimed mission to make sport an integral part of the Rwandan reconciliation and reconstruction process by ensuring sport is used for social change and life skills, as well as for leisure.
 
Following tradition, the seven statements of commitment will be read out during the Holocaust Memorial Day event, plus a candle of remembrance will be lit by the Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Councillor Pam Davies.
 
Students from Bridgend College will compére the ceremony, and attendees will be invited to write their thoughts on a postcard as part of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) ‘The power of words’ theme. Attendees will be able to post their cards in a special posting box during the event which will then be sent onto HMDT.
 
Bridgend County Borough Council’s Leader, Councillor Huw David, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the extremely brave victims who tragically lost their lives in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, and honours those who survived.

“We are proud to hold the annual Holocaust Memorial Day as a council and are looking forward to welcoming the public for the second year running. We will be placing great emphasis on both the Holocaust and the subsequent genocides, so we are pleased that a survivor of the Rwanda genocide, Eric Murangwa Eugene will be able to join us and speak to us about his experience.”
 
Parking for attendees is very limited at the Bridgend College main campus so parking in the town centre car parks is advised. However, if you have any accessibility issues then please provide this information when booking on to the event.

Last Updated: 15/01/2018
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