Play 2 Remember London

This event has now concluded.
Starts: 09 November 2019 at 17:00
Ends: 09 November 2019 at 20:00

Saturday 9 November

17:00 – 20:00

Join us for an evening of commemoration and celebration hosted by Eric Murangwa Eugene MBE, former Rwandan goalkeeper and founder and CEO of the Ishami Foundation.

Rwandan inspired dishes by Crucial with be served before the screening of ‘Soccer My Saviour’, a documentary following Eric’s jouorney from the terror of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi to the foundation of Football for Hope Peace and Unity – a charity dedicated to using sport to foster the spirit of peace and unity in post conflict communities.

FOOD £10.00


For further information and to confirm your attendance, please speak to Martin Jennings at the gym or email him at


The Ishami Foundation draws on genocide survivor experience to help us all connect to our common humanity.

Many of the team survived the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Having lived through discrimination, social polarisation and violence, the survivors understand the importance of peace and tolerance in our societies. They are committed to helping communities in Rwanda and the UK learn from their experiences.

The Ishami Foundation uses the power of sport and storytelling to build equality, tolerance and lasting peace in Rwanda and the UK.

We work with survivors, young people and vulnerable communities. The activities are intended to empower participants by fostering respect, team spirit, critical thinking and resilience.

…especially football, to empower young people, foster tolerance, teamwork, critical thinking and active citizenship.

They do this by coaching and convening matches, predominantly for young people, of all genders, drawing on sport for social change model. During these activities time is taken to remember the victims of genocide.

The charity was founded by Eric Murangwa Eugene MBE. In 1994 Murangwa was a goalkeeper for the renowned Rayon Sports Football Club in Rwanda. He and most of his immediate family survived the genocide against the Tutsi in part thanks to the courage and humanity shown by his teammates. As a result, he became convinced that sport and storytelling have the power to influence society in a way that little else does.

“Ishami” is a Kinyarwanda word meaning branch, symbolising resilience, recovery and connection. The Ishami Foundation brings together two of Eric’s organisations: Survivors Tribune and Football for Hope, Peace and Unity.

Survivors Tribune was an educational initiative founded by Eric and Jo Ingabire Moys in 2015 to support and enable survivors of modern genocides to share their experiences through public speaking in schools, colleges, universities and the wider community. It drew on the idea that through speaking, survivors are empowered in the process of empowering future generations.

Football for Hope, Peace and Unity was an organisation dedicated to using football to bring young people together and promote community reconciliation in the UK and Rwanda. FHPU used football for peace training to encourage team work, develop conflict resolution skills and fight prejudice and intolerance.